Riding In The EU After Brexit
We all love a trip away and on a motorbike, it is always such a free feeling. When planning a trip in the EU and you are travelling by motorbike, you will need to ensure that you have the correct paperwork with you and the documentation you hold is valid. There are many scare stories that spread about before Brexit of all the changes that were going to throw obstacles in the way. Many blogs that claimed that you would need an International Driving Permit (IDP) that now appears to be false news. The following information has been extracted from the GOV.UK site and is relevant up to March 2021.
We should also consider the Coronavirus situation when planning a trip to the EU. GOV.UK will have the latest information for you at the time of your journey. Every country has their own spin on the Coronavirus travel restrictions. These rules are updating and changing constantly so it is really important to check before you go to ensure no recommended guidelines are broken.
What You'll Need
The advice given from the UK government is that you will need to take your valid Driving licence with you when you travel whether it is one issued in Great Britain or one issued in Northern Island (no change there). You should take your V5 with you (same as before). You will also need a valid insurance certificate (still no change). If you have hired/leased or just borrowed a vehicle, you will need to obtain a VE103 certificate (same as before). Your Vehicle must have valid UK tax, a current MOT certificate if it needs one (as always).
It’s worth also checking that you abide by each country driving laws as they all differ slightly. You may need to have with you: a reflective jacket, a warning triangle, emission stickers, headlight conversion film, and even a good old GB sticker.
Countries that will not require you to purchase an IDP:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.