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1 hour ago, KeithR said:

It does appear to be a load of bureaucratic nonsense. 

Thanks Keith.

The "new" UK card DL really annoys me. I try to strip out, on my person , all identity to my home address, so that I can safely carry my home house keys. Why carry details of your address along with the keys to get in to it.

Remember the days when we opposed identity cards then started to carry driving licences with our identity on it!

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On 18/01/2019 at 03:38, straightfeed said:

Cant find any info on the PO site saying that the 1968 IDP jobbie will be available from 1st Feb. I read it as the IDP is available now, not type specific.

Stu

I visited our local PO last Tuesday and the staff were in the middle of training on IDP procedures. I bought both easy enough and they also have a photo booth which made it all even easier.

Also spoke to both auto insurance companies I use, neither will issue me a greed card until they know for certain drivers will need them.

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59 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Was that a deliberate typo? Ed. 

I slipped...'onest guv...They're free but I bet insurance premiums will rise as we all know admin costs will escalate.

I'm sure I've read that they'll be available online to complete so you can then download and print off a PDF, also... and personally I feel this is essential, esta muy importante/ tres important... any shade of green will do... It's an FAQ on their website... I kid you not.

What, you want another gem? A bloke emailed Comfort Insurance and mentioned that he was colour blind so how could he be sure his would be green.

I worry sometimes, I really do.

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Good morning "Little Engerlanders"

Got it. One brand new International Driving Permit. Post Offices getting up to speed on this now.

I do love Post Offices. Regardless of telling the lady what IDP I wanted she checked I had got it right. Now 2 staff members join the session to check all is going well.

This is rocking. Now "when am I going on holiday". Being cheeky I said "I don't go on holiday". I live there as it takes me. I might go tomorrow or sat next week or next month. 
Totally confused she said she would date it from today but I'm losing some days she warned. Will you be going before or after March 29th. Oh God, she is thinking of not giving me one so soon before March 29th. Shut up talking and pay. I have what can only be described as a cheap looking booklet made of material similar to post war ration books with lots of stamps plus exactly what my UK licence says but with half a dozen foreign languages added. A complete waste of time and money.

Try this one at POs- "whats in your parcel". "My parcel has no restricted or forbidden items" says I. That won't do- "Whats in it" !!!!
I once got told off for not taking my TV licence reminder to be stamped at the PO. It was duly stamped and thrown away by me.

Stu

 

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2 hours ago, straightfeed said:

Good morning "Little Engerlanders"

Got it. One brand new International Driving Permit. Post Offices getting up to speed on this now.

I do love Post Offices. Regardless of telling the lady what IDP I wanted she checked I had got it right. Now 2 staff members join the session to check all is going well.

This is rocking. Now "when am I going on holiday". Being cheeky I said "I don't go on holiday". I live there as it takes me. I might go tomorrow or sat next week or next month. 
Totally confused she said she would date it from today but I'm losing some days she warned. Will you be going before or after March 29th. Oh God, she is thinking of not giving me one so soon before March 29th. Shut up talking and pay. I have what can only be described as a cheap looking booklet made of material similar to post war ration books with lots of stamps plus exactly what my UK licence says but with half a dozen foreign languages added. A complete waste of time and money.

Try this one at POs- "whats in your parcel". "My parcel has no restricted or forbidden items" says I. That won't do- "Whats in it" !!!!
I once got told off for not taking my TV licence reminder to be stamped at the PO. It was duly stamped and thrown away by me.

Stu

 

Look on the bright side..if you want to drive anywhere else outside of the EU you've already got what you will most probably need..

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3 hours ago, straightfeed said:

Will you be going before or after March 29th

That is not as silly a question as it sounds. I believe that 1968 permits will only be valid after March 29 as we have not fully implemented the treaty yet - only had 50 years to do it! The website showing which version you need is date specific (https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit), however is a pessimistic version - it is best to check with the Country you are going to as Countries like US, New Zealand etc are ok with UK licences even though they show as needing a permit.

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1 hour ago, David Williams said:

Will you be going before or after March 29th

Before 29th March I'm European, therefore I do not need an IDP in Europe. "Before" is irrelevant.

Stu

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2 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

That was my first thought on getting mine at Christmas. Ed. 

They remind me of the old 12 month passport you could get from the PO.

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8 hours ago, jonno said:

They remind me of the old 12 month passport you could get from the PO.

And the day trip one - first ever ferry crossing was on Pride of Calais using one of those, non landing return.

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I toddled into our post office today and got one just in case. It's only £5.50 and I suspect it will all get resolved eventually and I'll never need it. The only slight PITA is that my UK licence self-destructs in September and if it does all go wrong I'll need to get another one.

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12 minutes ago, Paully said:

Obviously not a in itself a great problem but it all adds to the hassle. The part about insurance claims is more worrying. All these things add up and may well push many people to question whether all the grief of the new arrangements are worth the trouble to travel.

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1 hour ago, Paully said:

Interesting that they were first listed on Amazon on the 25 June 2016, just two days after the referendum. That was some clever business forecasting. Ed. 

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Managed to get the promise of a Green Card. Expected in 10 days they say using business post!
Insurer says only valid until end April. Basically 1 month validity.

If we leave without a deal on the 29th March you will need to apply 10 days before if you need one in April.
If this is procedure is industry wide and your away abroad after end April you will have to reapply. My insurer says they will accept an email request. So if you are still abroad after end April you better nip home and check you snail mail or get a friend to send it to you.

Madness

Stu

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39 minutes ago, straightfeed said:

Managed to get the promise of a Green Card. Expected in 10 days they say using business post!
Insurer says only valid until end April. Basically 1 month validity.

If we leave without a deal on the 29th March you will need to apply 10 days before if you need one in April.
If this is procedure is industry wide and your away abroad after end April you will have to reapply. My insurer says they will accept an email request. So if you are still abroad after end April you better nip home and check you snail mail or get a friend to send it to you.

Madness

Stu

I've had an email today from Admiral saying you'll need a green card after March. It's going to be tedious having to contact your insurer for every month you travel.

 

That used to be the advantage of Admiral, you didn't need to contact them for trips abroad, you just went!

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Current advice from my insurers LV= is as follows:

In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, you’ll need a Green Card as evidence that your motor insurance meets EU requirements, when taking your car to Europe (including Ireland) after 29 March 2019. Without a Green Card, you might not be permitted to enter Europe, or you could face a fine if stopped by the police.  
If there’s a ‘no deal’ Brexit, you’ll need to order a Green Card from us online shortly. These aren’t necessary just yet, so there’s no need to contact us about Green Cards yet if you’re currently planning to drive in Europe. For regular news and updates, keep checking this page.
 
Green Cards are valid until your next policy renewal date, so you can travel as much as you like on the same Green Card. 
 
In the event of a ‘no deal’, you’ll also need to obtain an International Driving Permit which is available from the Post Office.
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30 minutes ago, cvabishop said:
Green Cards are valid until your next policy renewal date, so you can travel as much as you like on the same Green Card. 
 

You are lucky. Aviva would only promise a green card valid until end April, why I don't know. I wonder if I could buy a green card on the dark web, whatever that is?

I want to go back to the old days when I took £50 abroad and had a stamp in my passport stamped by the NatWest manager.

I also expect to be asked what is the purpose of my visit on entry and a full examination of my 3 duty free bottles.

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Stu

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17 hours ago, straightfeed said:

You are lucky. Aviva would only promise a green card valid until end April, why I don't know. I wonder if I could buy a green card on the dark web, whatever that is?

I want to go back to the old days when I took £50 abroad and had a stamp in my passport stamped by the NatWest manager.

I also expect to be asked what is the purpose of my visit on entry and a full examination of my 3 duty free bottles.

Toodle pip

Stu

You`d be hard put to find a Nat West branch these days, let alone a manager 😂

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On 22/02/2019 at 13:05, neilcvx said:

Yes I’ve always had a magnetic GB plate , it’s bottom of my list of extra hassles.

We visited a motorhome dealer around Winchester last week and they're already using the revised number plate on their new registrations.

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I’m more bothered with idp and insurance than number plates and how to carry spare bulbs with led headlights.

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1 hour ago, jonno said:

We visited a motorhome dealer around Winchester last week and they're already using the revised number plate on their new registrations.

Presumably if there is a transition period the new number plates will be illegal and a sticker with GB and the EU stars will be required over the GB and Union flag on the new plates.

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