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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 14:32 Thread Starter
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forgot to say broker was

http://www.frankpickles.co.uk/motorhome-insurance.asp

please don't tell me not to touch him with a brown, sticky, stick like thing

How´s my driving? Call 0800..........AAAAARRGH!!
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Hi Commuter

I'll edit your title into mixed case now, since you seem to be more or less sorted.

If we keep upper case titles strictly for emergencies they get noticed immediately . . . as you were fortunate to discover!

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. . . I know that's the simple solution but in her mind it's not simple to let go of a part of her national identity. It's also not a quick fix. . . .
I can fully understand this, especially if she goes 'home' to Germany from time to time for visits and maybe wants to hire a car! I was initially surprised that the process of getting a GB licence meant surrendering the original to DVLA to be sent back to the issuing authority, however on thinking about this I suppose it's obvious that you couldn't have two concurrent licences otherwise you could double your penalty points accumulation limit!

Have you looked at the reverse process, i.e. should she ever wish to recover her DE licence in place of the GB what would she have to do?

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believe it or not back from DVLA

The info from counter service is that she is a resident and is allowed to drive in the UK on an EU issued licence until the age of 70 (he qualified this as "actually pensionable age but that keeps changing")

She can, if she wants to, surrender her German licence to Swansea and simply exchange for a full valid UK licence without taking a test

I am more comfortable now that she is "legal" and all we have to do is find an insurance company to cover her
I would double check that since all of the online information states you must have a UK licence if you are resident for 3 (or 5) years as well as the 70 clause. I mentioned this initially as a Polish lad I know got stopped and produced a Polish licence and was told it was not valid as he had lived in the UK too long. The reason being is of course you are exempt from the UK 'points' system without a UK licence.

I do know however that once he surrendered his UK licence he applied for a Polish replacement!

I guess this all hangs on what counts as being a resident. I'm not sure if 'the woman at the counter' would satisfy my concerns!
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Thanks Zebedee

and thanks Addie the "man at the counter" seems to think that if points were awarded for an offence against someone carrying a "foreign" licence they would be presented on a separate sheet and obviously the details would be logged against the drivers name and address

I have a number for DVLA licensing and will be contacting them to get it in writing if possible

If the worst comes to the worst I will be doing all of the driving this weekend when we pickup "Smurf" (kids decided the overcab looks like a Smurf hat)

I have spoken to my wife about her licence and surrendering it. She had already concluded this is probably the best option and is a little sad about it

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we went to DVLA on friday and put in an application for my wife's licence to be changed to a full UK licence

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