Driving in Europe

Driver CPC for bus and coach drivers

You need a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification to drive a bus or coach professionally in the UK and other EU and EEA countries.

You will still need Driver CPC to drive professionally in the UK after Brexit. You must still complete your Driver CPC periodic training by your deadline.

The UK will still recognise Driver CPC qualifications from EU countries after Brexit.

The EU will not recognise UK Driver CPC qualifications after Brexit.

Occasional International Services

The UK will join the Interbus Agreement if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

This is an agreement about the international occasional (not scheduled) carriage of passengers by bus or coach. It applies to the EU, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine.

You’ll be able to drive for a UK company in the EU and EEA with a UK Driver CPC qualification after the UK has joined this agreement after Brexit.

Your drivers will need to carry these documents with them:

 

Passports

You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after a no-deal Brexit.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left

  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

You can use a tool to check whether your passport is validfor the country you’re visiting.

It usually takes 3 weeks if you need to renew your passport. There’s a premium service if you need it sooner.

Healthcare

You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be valid if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Insurance and road accidents

A ‘green card’ is proof you have motor insurance cover when driving abroad. You’ll need to carry one for the vehicle you’re driving if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

You’ll need to carry multiple green cards if:

  • your vehicle is towing a trailer - you’ll need one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer (you need separate trailer insurance in some countries)

  • you have 2 policies covering the duration of your trip, for example, if your policy renews during the journey

Make sure your employer contacts your vehicle insurance provider at least one month before you need green cards.

 

Display GB stickers

Display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle. Do this even if you have a number plate which includes the GB identifier.

 
Vehicle and trailer insurance

A ‘green card’ is proof you have motor insurance cover when driving abroad. Your drivers will need to carry one for the vehicle they’re driving if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

You’ll need multiple green cards if:

  • you have fleet insurance - you’ll need a green card for each vehicle

  • your vehicle is towing a trailer - you’ll need one for the towing vehicle and one for the trailer (you need separate trailer insurance in some countries)

  • you have 2 policies covering the duration of your trip, for example, if your policy renews during the journey

Contact your vehicle insurance provider at least one month before you need green cards.

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