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Preparing to drive in the EU Post-Brexit

Going to Europe? We will bring you everything you need to know about driving in the EU after Brexit. Whilst Brexit is still very much up in the air, motorists should prepare for travelling in the EU after Brexit. We are bringing you some tips for a smooth transition when driving in the continent.

1. Driving permit
At the moment, you are able to drive with a UK driving license in all EU member states, however this may change if the Government doesn’t come to an agreement and leaves with a no deal.

If this is the case, you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit. (I.D.P)

UK motor insurance customers driving in the Europeam Economic Area, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland, will need physical proof of motor insurance when they travel.

There are 3 different types available:

  • The 1926 IDP, which allows you to drive in Lichtenstein and is valid for 12 months
  • The 1946 IDP, which allows you to drive Iceland, Malta, Spain and Cyprus and is also valid for 12 months
  • The 1968 IDP – enables you to drive in all other EU countries, as well as Norway and Switzerland

Please note that if you are, for example driving in Cyprus and Greece, you would need to purchase 2 permits, the 1946 I.D.P and the 1968 IDP. Another scenario where you would need both is if you are travelling from the UK to Spain, even if you are only passing through France to get to your final destination. The permits are available at the post office and cost £5.50. To apply for these you will need a valid UK driving license, a recent passport sized photo and an original valid passport as proof of identification, when using an old style paper driving license.

2. Insurance, Green Card.
Under EU law, your current UK insurance policy cover provides you with a minimum 3rd party cover in the EU, EEA countries, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland, however if the UK leaves without a deal, a green card is required off your insurance company to cover you in the countries above. Most insurance companies will provide you with the green card for free, however it is worth checking with your insurance at least 4 weeks ahead of your travel plans.

3. Display a GB sticker
After Brexit you will need to have a GB sticker displayed on your vehicle – these are widely available at Halfords, RAC and Amazon. If you fail to do this, you may risk a fine on the spot.

4. Taking a leased car abroad
If you are taking a leased vehicle abroad you will need to request a VE103 ‘vehicle on hire’ form from your finance company. In addition to this, you will receive a letter of authorisation for taking the vehicle abroad regardless of what Brexit outcome there may be!

For more information on taking your vehicle abroad, speak to our friendly team today for more information, to help get you clued up and in the know for when Brexit strikes.

Information sources: As cited in the Post Office, March 27, 2019. https://www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving-permit

 

 

 

Celebrating the launch of the re-imaginged Land Rover Defender

The new, long anticipated reinvented 4×4 Land Rover Defender will finally be launched this year. Having been labelled the reborn icon that serves the whole family, its off-road credentials have been proclaimed as sensational and certainly a game changer in the modern car world, yet still unmistakably Land Rover – has it been worth all the hype?

Felix Brautigam, Jaguar Land Rover’s Marketing Chief Executive praised the launch of the iconic car, marking an exciting time for the car world, which has been confounded has speaking to the brand’s purpose and visions, Our brand is about passion, and it’s icons that drive that passion. The truth is the world doesn’t need another premium brand doing what all the others do. These icons are what separate us; at Land Rover, we are rooted in our heritage and that’s what makes us different.”
“If we had wanted to recreate the existing car then we could have moved quicker, but it is our view that for an icon to remain an icon it cannot only look backwards, but must move forwards too. The new Defender will move the game on again.’’

New Horizons for the revival 5X5

The next generation model is synonymous with high quality and reliability. Much-loved features such as the middle front seat have been reintroduced – albeit in a modern incarnation – and the vehicles are un-carpeted to invoke that pure, raw feeling identifiable with the old-school Defender. The nameplate in fact stands for durability and all-new exterior and interior design, remaining in line with the Defender’s unmistakable shape. Managing Director at JLR, Rawdon Glover explains proudly the aim is to deliver, “ultimate luxury and offering the best versatility in the market, we will have an SUV for every customer requirement.”

The Defender is legendary and the new model will represent 70 years of continuous innovation and improvement, celebrating the model’s heritage for rugged durability, while in keeping its whole new revolutionary image in pursuit of being a “Defender for the 21st century.”

It is even a firm favourite of Queen Elizabeth II and having been subject to rigorous tests to ensure that it has the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever.

It is being developed in two forms: a short wheelbase 90-badged model and a larger 110 version, the two wheelbase sizes enable Land Rover to develop a basic utilitarian machine up to luxurious high-end models.

Look ahead to an all new family of Defenders.

Don’t forget to look at our latest offers on the current Land Rover Defender and we will keep you informed on the release of the new Defender, as the specialist lease and contract hire provide for all things Land Rover. CVSL will get you the right model, for the right price and package that’s right for you.

WIN a Supercar Track Day with CVSL, in association with Sale Sharks Rugby

The 6 Nations kicks off this weekend! To celebrate you could win a Supercar Track Day with CVSL the official car supplier for the Sharks Rugby team. Simply follow and retweet @contracthireuk with #CVSLSharksBigSix and get a chance to WIN. Good luck everyone.

Terms and Conditions:

CVSL will independently draw at the end of the 2019 Six Nations (latest 23.3.19), the competition is open to everyone. Entry start date is  01.02.19. CVSL reserve the right to choose date and location of the track day, a full clean UK driving licence will be required. Winners will be drawn randomly from those retweeting the message and using the hashtag #CVSLSharksBigSix and notified by CVSL via Twitter DM. No cash alternative.

2019, the beginning of a new dawn in driving

It’s been an interesting year for the car industry and many important technological advancements have been driving it forward.  Cars arriving in 2019 are expected to feature an exciting eclectic mix of EVs, hybrids and sports cars. Popular models such as the all-electric version of the Mini promise to be worth the wait, an all-new Volkswagen Golf along with the 21st century relaunch of the Land Rover Defender.

There are no longer any limits in the car world (except speed limits of course!).

The future is electric

2018 saw the introduction of a number of electric cars, confirming that battery powered cars are finally making a breakthrough. A whole wave of brand new EVs are expected to rule the rooster in 2019 include, Porsche Taycan, MINI EV and Mercedes EQC, along with hybrid versions of the Ford Mustang. The electric car revolution has most definitely begun and in 2019 expect plenty more. Audi, Honda and Polestar also promise to launch high performance EV cars.

The countdown to the launch of the much-hyped upcoming Honda retro designed Urban EV electric car will be over. Will it be worth the wait? Development versions of the compact hatchback have been seen in testing recently and became famous at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show due to the unusual boxy proportions and quirky retro design. However the model in production will maintain the boxy proportions of the concept cars unveiled at the show, in terms of the angular front bumper design and round headlights. It will differ in terms of features such as the rear-end being curvier and a revision to a five-door design, instead of a three-door layout. It’s expected range will be a modest 200-miles, coupling it up with the latest fast-charge technology.

On the back of the electric car trend there has been subsequent talk regarding the charging infrastructure and improving this, which is expected to be a hot topic of 2019. There has been much interestand controversy surrounding the “driverless” autonomous cars of the future and flying taxies, at first such notions seemed bonkers, but according to recent research from the 2018 UK Automotive Consumer Study*, acceptance over the last 12 months has grown rapidly over a short time, with consumers having a brighter outlook when considering the safety of self-driving vehicles more positively.

SUVs Rule

2018 was ruled by the commanding SUV and we were spoilt for choice as more and more people are opting for 4x4s and the dynamic driving style that they bring. Sweeping the SUV market in 2019 includes the new BMW X7, and the Mercedes GLA and GLB, which ooze luxury and refinement.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the new cutting edge models we can get excited about:

Winter Driving

British weather can be highly unpredictable and severe conditions can hit at any time. It is a necessity to plan your journey well if you do have to drive during bad conditions, be prepared and ensure that your trip is entirely essential. Follow some of our top tips below to help you on your journey:

Essential planning and toolkit to store in your car:

  • Inform someone at your destination of your estimated time of arrival
  • Plan alternative routes in case your main choice(s) becomes impassable
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged, so that you can call for help, if necessary; portable chargers are always useful to have with you
  • Ensure that your fuel tank is near to full so you do not run out if delayed in traffic
  • Regularly check the weather and traffic information on the TV/Radio/Social Media or websites to keep up to date with regional and national warnings, have a back-up plan as things change rapidly
  • If conditions are very bad, and the emergency services are recommending that people don’t travel, take heed and avoid making your journey
  • Ensure that you have stored food, water, extra warm clothes or a rug, a torch and boots – you may require a shovel too, no matter how extreme it sounds
  • Before setting off, de-mist and clear your windows, a windscreen scraper and a de-icer are a necessity.

Prepare your vehicle – condition checks:

It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before the bad weather commences and have the anti-freeze tested. If you can’t have it serviced, then do your own essential checks, such as;

  • Brakes are fully working
  • Clean and functioning lights
  • Battery is fully charged
  • Tyres are in good condition, in terms of tread depth and pressure (don’t forget the spare)
  • Check the 3 W’s – windscreen, wiper blades, windows are clean and the washer bottle is filled with screen wash
  • Top up your fluids, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil

You may deem the journey as essential, but realistically could it be postponed? However, if you really MUST travel please follow our tips above. Safe driving everyone!