Brexit is sending shockwaves across the UK and the latest fallout from the deal could impact British motorists.
Driving in the EU may become extremely expensive for expat motorists currently living in the EU to remain on the roads legally.
The costs of driving in the EU after the 29th March have been looked into after 20 per cent of Britons were planning on, or considering, driving in one or more EU countries at some point in the next year.
Collectively, the cost of International Driving Permits which British motorists will be required to buy to drive in EU countries could cost as much a £36 billion.
MiDrive also looked into how much it would cost to drive abroad in eight of the top expat countries in the EU.
If Britons looking to drive abroad on a permanent basis do not exchange their driving licence before the 29th March, they will likely have to pay for lessons and a test in their new country of residence.
They found out the average cost for driving tests (and driving lessons for countries where this may be necessary) for the top expat locations.
Brexit could cost motorists over £1,000 to continue driving in the EU
The following emerged as costs, from most to least expensive:
A driving licence in Germany costs more than €2,000, with 25-45 hours of learning being a requirement. This means that getting a licence here would cost £1,765.
Netherlands driving licence, including lessons, will set back Britons wanting to drive there roughly €1,800 which equals £1,587.
The cost of obtaining a Swedish driving licence ranges a fair amount. Depending on how many lessons are required, it can range anywhere from 4,000 SEK to 15,000 SEK which equates to between £343 and £1287.
British motorists livign abroad may have to exchange their driving licence
In Denmark, a driving licence costs 10,000 DKK, which is £1182. This cost includes the minimum theory and practical lessons as well as a mandatory first aid course.
In France, the standard driving school offers start at 20 hours of driving lessons, on top of the cost of registration and the test application fee. The average cost of all of this amounts to €1,300, which is £1147.
In Spain, if the driver is able to pass first time on both the practical and theory elements of the test, it will set them back €800 which equals £706. If more lessons are needed and tests need to be retaken, the average goes up to €1,500 which equates to £1,323.
Driving lessons in Portugal cost €35 each and an exam costs €90. So if you were to take 10 lessons and then the test, it would cost just £397.
Before you can get an Italian driving licence you need to ensure your doctor has given you the all-clear as it is a legal requirement in Italy. Italian driver’s licences cost about €118, which is £104.
For those coming to the UK to learn to drive, if they take 30 hours of lessons, they would pay roughly £835, which includes the price of both the theory and practical test.
Germany topped the list a the priciest place to learn to drive in
Asher Ismail, CEO of www.Midrive.com commented on the research: “It’s scary to think just how much money Britons could end up paying for a freedom we currently take for granted.
“This isn’t about Britons’ ability or safety driving on EU roads, but just red tape that could put a dampener on many people’s plans to drive abroad.
“A key motivation for many Britons who learn to drive is to be able to enjoy the freedom to drive during their holidays abroad, and EU countries are among the most popular destinations for UK travellers.
“It’s a shame that they may no longer be able to enjoy this benefit as easily. It’s vital that anyone looking to drive in EU countries permanently post-Brexit exchanges their licence before the 29th.
“If they don’t, they could be forced to pay up to £1,000 on a driving licence that until now they held for free.”