As of today, tens of thousands of Britons will no longer be able to use their UK driving license on roads in Spain as the two governments were unable to reach an agreement by April 30
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Brits living in Spain are facing a traffic crisis as they were banned from driving after post-Brexit talks collapsed.
From May 1, tens of thousands of British expats will no longer be able to use their UK driving licenses on roads in Spain – although tourists are exempt from the strict new directive.
The UK and Spanish governments failed to reach agreement on the licenses issued by the DVLA by the April 30 deadline, with Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith pointing the finger at European authorities.
“It’s a case of ‘mañana, mañana [tomorrow, tomorrow]’,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
“It’s time they pulled out their finger and did what they agreed to do.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “An agreement to exchange UK driving licenses for Spanish driving licenses has not yet been reached.
“From May 1st, UK license holders who have been resident in Spain for more than six months and have not exchanged their license during the transition period will no longer be able to legally drive in Spain.
“We have agreed to rapidly accelerate talks and are urging the Spanish government to take interim measures.”
Until now, Brits living in Spain have been allowed to use their DVLA-issued licenses on the road, while every other European nation has a post-Brexit deal on British drivers.
The change will not apply to holidaymakers, who can continue to use their UK-issued driving license in the country.
Anyone affected by the ban is advised to take immediate steps to apply for a Spanish driver’s license, which includes both a theory test and a practical test.
The official guide on the UK government website states the following.
“If you have a valid UK driving licence:
- If you lived in Spain from 1 May 2022 before 1 January 2021 your valid UK driving license is no longer valid for driving in Spain.
- If you have moved to Spain after 1 January 2021, your valid UK driving license will be recognized for 6 months from the date you take up residency.”
One expat told the Mail she has tried to get into a driving school to get a Spanish driver’s license but “there is nothing available”.
It’s the latest Spanish crackdown on foreigners after imposing a “six drinks a day” limit on drunk tourists to curb antisocial behavior in hotspots.
The new law applies to resorts on islands like Ibiza and Mallorca, as well as some hotels in the Balearics, and means holidaymakers will be forced to pay extra if they want more than three free alcoholic drinks per meal.
The alcohol rule, first announced in January, has caught hundreds of British holidaymakers now arriving in the islands for a spring break.
Jason Walker, 42, only found out about the rule when he arrived in Mallorca for his cousin’s birthday this week.
“We didn’t find out until we checked in and only budgeted that much, thinking all of our food and drink would be covered,” he said.
“We were very sad and angry.
“We came as a family of eight to celebrate my cousin’s 40th birthday and while we still had a good time it added an extra cost to us.”
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