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Hiring a car abroad may cause chaos

Holiday makers travelling to Europe may face problems when picking up their vehicle from hire companies after June 8th. The abolishment of the paper part license by the DVLA may have been widely published in this country but it looks like the rest of Europe were left in the dark.

Information about penalty points will only be available on the DVLA database by inputting your driving license number, doing so will allow you to obtain a special code to give car hire companies when you arrive. There are fears that holidays makers could be turned away because car firms are still requesting to see the paper part to check for bans or points.

The passcode is only valid for 72 hours so if holiday makers are needing a vehicle in the second week of their holiday, they may have to find an internet café or incur mobile data fees.

Mark Bower from car hire insurance website MoneyMaxim has said that many holiday makers could endure problems at the hire desk. “Most people are simply unaware that these changes are on the way – and it’s not just renters”.

“I spoke to one big car hire firm in Portugal this week and they knew nothing of the changes. Six weeks away from implication and the whole thing is very muddled. It is another thing you have to remember to do just before departure. Or you can do it at the desk with your smartphone if you can remember the website address, don’t mind the data roaming charges”.

Drivers can download their driving history as a PDF which they can print, it is unknown whether care hire companies will accept the document or how drivers without a computer or internet will cope. The DVLA have said the changes have been publicised, but motorists travelling in July have not been warned about the problems they may face. The terms and conditions for most car hire companies still state that they require the paper counterpart.

What do you think? Are you hiring a car abroad this summer?

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