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Old Jul 9th 2020, 5:39 am
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I discovered a few weeks ago, it's illegal to drive a Spanish registered car in the U.K on a U.K. driver's licence. There are a few exceptions.
I own a Spanish registered vehicle, which is fully legal. I was stuck in Spain due to the Covid 19 restrictions. Desperate to get back to U.K (where I live) for family reasons.
As there were no flights I decided to drive. I then discovered my car could be impounded if caught in U.K.driving on UK licence. I have been told this also applies in France.
I don't know if the same applies in other EU states.
I wonder how many others on this forum are unaware of this?
I have posted this to warn others in my situation, so that they do not fall foul and have their vehicle impounded.
I did manage fly home a couple of days ago.
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Old Jul 9th 2020, 7:04 am
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You discovered this where exactly ?
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Old Jul 9th 2020, 7:25 am
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Google. Honest john. Gov.uk
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Actually I misread your post, if you're UK resident (Desperate to get back to U.K (where I live)) then you can't drive a Spanish regged car in UK at all, which licence you hold is irrelevant to that other than the fact that it will get you 6 points for driving without insurance.

There is nothing whatsoever NEW about this so it's a 'discovery' for you alone and should read 'my car could be impounded if caught in U.K.driving it'

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Old Jul 9th 2020, 5:50 pm
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Hi,
Thanks for your reply.
just to let you know it would not invalidate my insurance, as it would be a driving licence offence.
My car is fully legal, a drivers licence offence does not cancel or invalidate car insurance!
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Old Jul 9th 2020, 6:49 pm
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'a drivers licence offence does not cancel or invalidate car insurance!' sure about that??
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Absolutely!
If you don't have a driver's licence, you cannot get insurance. if you have a full licence, and are driving a vehicle of a category of which you
authorised to drive, your insurance is not invalidated. It might constitute an offence of driving a motor vehicle other than in accordance with a driver's licence.
But I cannot find a definitive answer to this.
Similarly, if you drive a vehicle without an M.O.T, your are insured.
The circumstances of my OP would not invalidate my insurance as I would be covered by my Spanish Insurance with a green card for 90 days.
I suspect that it is due to any traffic fines/toll bridge fees that might go unpaid as Police would not know where to make enquiries to trace the driver.
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Can I ask, if you are a Spanish resident, with Spanish registered car and licence, is there a time limit on how long you can drive it in the UK. I will be spending about 7 months in spain and 5 in the UK.
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Yes, 6 months in any 12.
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