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Dear Admins:

If OT or better moved / removed elsewhere, please do.

Thanks to the "relationship realignment" [trying to avoid the B...xit word], we have discovered that Mrs W's driving licence cannot be swapped for a French one. [We've lived in France for nearly five years, and didn't see this coming, or could have dealt with it ages ago!]

We only want / need occasional hire cars, for a couple of weekends away and possibly for a few days longer when moving apartments later in the year.

Anyone know if / where we can hire a VSP – vehicule sans permis – one of those little cars that can be driven without a licence?

TIA

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14 minutes ago, kenw said:

Dear Admins:

If OT or better moved / removed elsewhere, please do.

Thanks to the "relationship realignment" [trying to avoid the B...xit word], we have discovered that Mrs W's driving licence cannot be swapped for a French one. [We've lived in France for nearly five years, and didn't see this coming, or could have dealt with it ages ago!]

We only want / need occasional hire cars, for a couple of weekends away and possibly for a few days longer when moving apartments later in the year.

Anyone know if / where we can hire a VSP – vehicule sans permis – one of those little cars that can be driven without a licence?

TIA

I believe Rent-a-car at most stations can get hold of one for you if necessary. 

https://www.aixam.com/fr/service-entretien/trouver-un-distributeur-aixam?rent

An alternative might be an electric Citroen Ami which you also don't need a licence to drive. I don't know if they are available to rent but ask your local Citroen dealer for more information.

Ed

 

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  • 5 weeks later...

Ken, with regard to your wife's difficulty in exchanging her licence, the following might help.

Late last month I went on to the official site listing the documents required and got my licence translated. I then used the 'France Connect' portal to try and complete the exchange process. I was informed that it is currently impossible to do so. Apparently the reciprocal agreement has been finalised but not yet adopted into French law. This site contains the most recent update I can find:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://anglophone-direct.com/exchanging-your-uk-driving-licence-for-french/&ved=2ahUKEwjw--zs25PxAhVCDWMBHRKoDT8QFjAAegQIBBAC&usg=AOvVaw2TEnWjH6sxd6TJ-cfqnTOx

The refusal I received came with a scary attachment (see page below with highlighted text) saying it is illegal to drive in France. However, I believe this is a standard reply for all 'third country' applicants. The Interior Ministry website is clear that Brexit is a unique case and that all UK licenses are valid until the end of 2021 for those who arrived before that date and one calendar year for those who arrived afterwards:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/Brexit-ce-qui-change-depuis-le-1er-janvier-2021/Permis-de-conduire&ved=2ahUKEwiNtob8ppTxAhVx7OAKHZMKD0cQFjABegQIBBAF&usg=AOvVaw2Ek_TghfWlVA0qOF8bkWfi&cshid=1623583457891

I am therefore continuing to drive as normal but carrying a print out of that document in my wallet just in case. I would hope that the legal hurdles will be resolved soon and people can then start applying again. Once you have applied you should receive a document proving so which will be sufficient. My licence expires on July 2022 so I hope they get a move on. If anyone has any further news or experience, please let us know.

Ed

 

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