Don’t get stung by European motoring laws this summer

Written by Ellie

Company car drivers who intend to drive their company vehicle abroad are being urged to brush up on their European motoring laws ahead of the summer.

Venson Automotive Solutions believes that too many UK motorists lack a general awareness of current motoring laws in Europe.

They cite a new law which was introduced in January where British registered drivers travelling to France could receive an on-the-spot fine of more than £100 for not displaying a ‘clean air’ sticker on their windscreen.

This is down to the Crit’Air scheme, which aims to tackle pollution and makes it a legal requirement for all vehicles to display an anti-pollution sticker to indicate the level of the vehicle’s emissions.

Venson adds that company car drivers also need to check whether they need to complete a VE103b form, an authority to travel, before they drive their company car on the continent.

This form provides formal confirmation that the driver has permission from the owner to drive the car abroad.

Simon Staton, director of client management at Venson Automotive Solutions, believes it is likely that many motorists will unwittingly break the law whilst driving in Europe this summer.

“It’s crucial that fleet drivers familiarise themselves with the motoring regulations and laws if they are planning to drive their company vehicle abroad at any time of year,” he commented.

“If they don’t they could find themselves having to pay a hefty on-the-spot fine or worst case scenario, their car could be confiscated.”

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “Getting slapped with a £100 fine is a surefire way to put a dampener on any holiday. UK motorists and company car drivers should set aside a few minutes to ensure they don’t end up on the wrong side of the law.”

Posted on 24th May 2017

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