Everything you need to know about Spain banning British drivers

Europe Materials 3 May 2022 18:37 (UTC +04:00)

British expats have been banned from driving in Spain after post Brexit talks on license rules broke down, Trend reports citing Euronews.

Under tough new restrictions, UK nationals who have lived in the EU country for more than six months will no longer be able to use their UK-issued licenses.

The strict new policy will mean chaos for tens of thousands of Britons who must obtain a Spanish driving license to get back behind the wheel.

The restrictions came into force on May 1, after the Spanish and UK governments failed to reach an agreement about DVLA-issued licenses by the April 30 deadline.

A Foreign Office spokesman promised that the UK and Spanish governments would “rapidly accelerate talks.”

“An agreement to swap UK driving licenses for Spanish licenses has not yet been reached,” they said.

“(We) are urging the Spanish Government to bring forward interim measures.

“We remain committed to reaching a deal and the UK already has similar arrangements in place with 24 other EU countries."

It is unclear when the situation will be resolved, a government source told the Mail on Sunday

"This could go on for a week or it could be longer. It should be temporary but we don't know how temporary," the source said.