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judder
Hi Everyone,

If you attend a magistrates court and receive a short ban for speeding, do they physically take your photocard licence, stopping you from using it as valid photo ID or driving in other countries around the world?

Many thanks
Pete D
No body on this forum would suggest that if you are banned that you drive a car away from the court or drive in another country until the ban has passed and your licence re-instated. Pete D
borsicorn
Why ever not?

If you are banned in this country, that is where your ban applies. Nothing at all to prevent you driving in the rest of the world.
Pete D
Only if you have a valid licence in that country. I had a member of staff that was banned and he could not hire a car in another country (Europe ) so I had to repatriate him. A ban is 'no valid licence' Pete D

The Rookie
Correct a ban in your home country means your licence is no longer valid anywhere else (obvioulsy for say a French licence holder, a ban in the UK is only effective in the UK), thats why most of the top motorsport guys have 2 EU licences, get banned and you can still drive on the other one elsewhere - Colin McRea's second licence was Swedish from memory!

Simon
borsicorn
Can a UK citizen "upgrade" to an EU licence?

If so, what would stop a UK citizen driving whilst abroad, using their EU licence?

It all seems administratively a grey area. Poles and Czechs drive here by using their EU licence. They are entitled to apply for a UK licence without taking any test as their EU licence is valid throughout the EEC / EU area. They are not obliged to do this, being EU citizens.

I have looked at the Directgov.gov.uk site and it only says that the upgrade for UK citizens is "planned".
Pete D
You have to genuinely, 'live' in the country you are applying in for 90 days or is it 180 I forget and if you have a banned licence then you have to take their test. Pete D
The Rookie
An 'EU' licence is a licence issued by an EU country, we all have 'EU' licences, the EU itself does not issue licences AFAIK. Under EU law a licence issued and valid in any EU country is legal in the whole EU.

Simon
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