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AA reminds fleet drivers to plan ahead when going abroad

Date: 29 July 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Fleet managers have been urged to update the checklists they share with drivers intending to take their cars into Europe this summer.

The AA's business services team says that with many legal documents taking several weeks to process, fleets should make sure their drivers plan ahead. 

While for vehicle owners the V5C form is essential proof the car is registered in their name, fleet management and leasing companies will likely provide a VE103 form, which provides authority to travel. 

Drivers should be reminded to share travel plans as early as possible. The penalties for not providing documents on request include on-the-spot fines and some European countries will even impound the vehicle.

Drivers should also be aware of the requirements surrounding low-emission zones in many European cities, with the appropriate stickers to comply with those in France, for example, needing to be ordered at least six weeks in advance.

Although drivers are unlikely to need International Driving Permits in Europe this summer, fleets should direct drivers to the Post Office if they intend to travel further afield, with applications only possible in-branch.

AA director of fleet and SME services Stuart Thomas said: "Millions of people are set to take their cars abroad this summer and, while the complications of Brexit may not yet bite, there are still plenty of rules to catch drivers out.

"With so many vehicles now leased, the requirements for company car drivers or finance and rental customers can prove complex.

"Businesses may feel that they have shared this information before, but there is no such thing as overkill when ensuring drivers get on with enjoying their holiday rather than dealing with fines or prosecutions."