Le Mans & Brexit

Le Mans & Brexit

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xemmaxsx

40 posts

30 months

Sunday 27th January
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We are taking the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo on the Wednesday (as usual).

We have hired the campervan for an extra day allowing for issues on return (although we are staying on for 10 days after the race).

Whatever happens, will happen blah

Pericoloso

41,283 posts

111 months

Sunday 27th January
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I'm going over the channel after March 29th and before LM24 I'll report back if it's a complete mare.

Better not be ,I have a schedule......irked

wsn03

854 posts

49 months

Thursday 31st January
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I'm booked for the Le Mans Moto on Easter weekend - could be a tight rush to get sorted if there is a no deal Brexit.
Having managed to get start line tickets and a hotel cheap before prices were jacked up I'll be a bit gutted if I have to miss it

delta0

1,212 posts

54 months

Friday 1st February
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Visa free travel was confirmed yesterday by the EU at least.

55palfers

4,120 posts

112 months

Saturday 2nd February
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delta0 said:
Visa free travel was confirmed yesterday by the EU at least.
So I'm guessing your driving license and insurance will still work too then...

old'uns

263 posts

81 months

Saturday 2nd February
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delta0 said:
Visa free travel was confirmed yesterday by the EU at least.
but only if we recip...do the same though?

until i see otherwise officially i'll just allow more time at each port than normal for the checks and make sure i have hard copies of the car docs not rely on apps etc.

BenLowden

1,884 posts

125 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Saturday 2nd February
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Pericoloso said:
I'm going over the channel after March 29th and before LM24 I'll report back if it's a complete mare.

Better not be ,I have a schedule......irked
Ditto, I'm travelling to Spa on the 31st March, what could go wrong... I'm not worried though (perhaps foolishly). There must be millions of Brits who have booked holidays into Europe this year, I really can't see barriers being thrown up to block/hinder the tourism.

Deliveredenergy

53 posts

136 months

Saturday 2nd February
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Government guidance updated again yesterday: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-th...

It's really simple and nothing to do with 'throwing up barriers' etc. In the event of a no deal crash out numerous legal arrangements involving driving licences, vehicle authorisations and insurance would automatically cease to be valid and would take time and effort to be be put back into place. If a deal's not in place and we do crash out on 29th March we need to expect significant disruption.

delta0

1,212 posts

54 months

Saturday 2nd February
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old'uns said:
but only if we recip...do the same though?

until i see otherwise officially i'll just allow more time at each port than normal for the checks and make sure i have hard copies of the car docs not rely on apps etc.
Yes the UK already said they will before the EU did.

LeMansNut

298 posts

10 months

Sunday 3rd February
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It'll be fine chaps!

Bring on LM 2019...I can't wait!

fatboy18

16,783 posts

159 months

Sunday 3rd February
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IDPs (International Driving Permits) are now available from Main Post offices.
You will need your usual driving licence and a passport sized photo.
IDP 1968 permits cost £5.50 and are valid for 3 years.

So for the price of a pint, give yourself peace of mind wink

gt6

1,217 posts

133 months

Sunday 3rd February
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But it has already been announced that they will not be needed for 3 months after brexit so unless le mans dates have move to july they will not be required,

fatboy18

16,783 posts

159 months

Sunday 3rd February
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gt6 said:
But it has already been announced that they will not be needed for 3 months after brexit so unless le mans dates have move to july they will not be required,
Where is that information posted?

I have over 4 trips so far planed to europe in the car, so for £5 quid I think its best to be on the safe side smile

fatboy18

16,783 posts

159 months

Monday 4th February
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Got my new licence today,
Cost me £10.00 for 4 passport photos, (you only need 1)

Then down to the main post office, IDP1968 £5.50 Valid for 3 years
https://www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving...

If you intend to drive in Spain its another additional Licence 1949 and only lasts 1 Year!

Edited by fatboy18 on Monday 4th February 18:53

turbo-ww

1,759 posts

164 months

Wednesday 6th February
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I spoke to my insurers recently. If there's a brexit deal, all should be fine.

If there is not then they say they will happily issue a green card and after March will look at the IDP situation.

On a different note, having left the EU I suspect anything with a British plate could be a target pour les gendarmes...


turbo-ww

1,759 posts

164 months

Wednesday 6th February
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I spoke to my insurers recently. If there's a brexit deal, all should be fine.

If there is not then they say they will happily issue a green card and after March will look at the IDP situation.

On a different note, having left the EU I suspect anything with a British plate could be a target pour les gendarmes...


ukcobra

211 posts

186 months

Thursday 7th February
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And you think prior to Brexit a British Reg traveling at Warp speed to Le Mans was not already a target ? ;-)

Big Robbo

280 posts

94 months

Friday 8th February
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Until the end of March NOBODY knows what will definitely happen. The French are not going to risk losing any tourism money that's generated, the rozzers are still going to watch for British cars driven by the intelligently challenged and it will rain at Le Man's. Other than that I'm still going on the same ferry as I have done for the last 9years wether it takes a bit longer who cares I will be on my way to LM

FARP

90 posts

106 months

Sunday 10th February
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With all this uncertainty, thank goodness we know it’s gonna rain at Le Mans !

LeMansNut

298 posts

10 months

Sunday 10th February
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turbo-ww said:
I spoke to my insurers recently. If there's a brexit deal, all should be fine.

If there is not then they say they will happily issue a green card and after March will look at the IDP situation.

On a different note, having left the EU I suspect anything with a British plate could be a target pour les gendarmes...
I would speak to them again and ask them what their default EU cover is (or was) because in most cases, cover is 3rd party only. I always "upgrade" to what most call a "green card" which is the same level of cover as you have in the UK (if comprehensive). So far, Admiral is the only insurer I've had who provide the same level of cover when in EU member states. Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege required approx £35 to upgrade my policies to comprehensive for previous LM trips. I'm now with Performance Direct and they state that driving in Europe is 3rd party only but one will have to call them to upgrade.