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Taking Your Global Vehicle Abroad. We want you to enjoy every aspect of your Global vehicle. If you are planning a holiday or work trip abroad with your vehicle, this guide will help you organise all required documentation and equipment. Don’t Leave Home Without The Following Compulsory Documentation: Your Passport You won’t be able to leave the UK without it. It must be valid and not expire during the course of your trip. If you’re visiting a country outside of the EU, please note that some countries have an immigration requirement for a passport to remain valid for a minimum period beyond the date of entry to the country. Your Driving Licence You can use your full (not provisional) Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland driving licence in all EU or European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland. It’s really important you carry your UK driving licence at all times and it must be produced on demand. Your UK driving licence is all you need in most European countries (though this is subject to change after the UK leave the European Union) but venture further afield and you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) which is effectively an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence. Obtain one by applying on the Post Office website.

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It cannot be backdated so must be ordered in advance of the commencement of your trip. Your Car Insurance Certificate And Insurance Contact Details You must ensure that your UK insurance protects you from accidents and theft abroad. If you don’t have the protection, you will only have minimum legal cover which is usually third- party-only in the EU. Be aware that you may need to pay a premium to extend your cover. Global advise that drivers carry evidence of insurance at all times whilst driving abroad. Breakdown Cover Breakdowns abroad are not covered under your UK insurance and recovering a vehicle back to the UK could be very expensive. Breakdown and recovery insurance is available from most insurers, but be clear that you require the cover to extend to Europe. Depending on the age of your Global vehicle, it may be covered under the manufacturer's European roadside assistance (please see page 4).

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Authorisation To Take The Vehicle Abroad – VE103B Certificate As your vehicle is leased you will need a VE103B Certificate (Vehicle on Hire) from the registered owner, Global. The certificate provides evidence of permission for the vehicle to be taken abroad and reduces the number of stolen vehicles crossing international borders. A VE103B replaces the need to carry the vehicle registration document (V5C) which would otherwise be required abroad.

Vehicle Requirements Whilst Abroad: It’s compulsory in some countries to carry certain safety equipment  –  please see page 5 of this document but always check for any updates before you travel via the AA website. Invest In The Following Safety Equipment Before Travelling: •

Headlamp adjustment and spare bulbs: you must ensure that your headlamps (designed for driving on the left) don’t dazzle other drivers when you’re driving on the right. You may need to fit beam converters or adjust your headlights for driving on the right. If you are carrying extra load, adjust the height of your beam. Know that most LED and Xenon lights are self-levelling. It’s also compulsory in some countries to carry spare bulbs too  –  check with Global as this is a vehicle-by-vehicle case.

First aid kit:  required in most countries.

Warning triangle(s):  compulsory in nearly all European countries.

Reflective jacket(s):  many European countries make it a legal requirement to carry a reflective jacket for the driver and to keep it within the passenger compartment. Unless the law specifically says otherwise we recommend carrying two –  one for the

You must take a hard copy of the certificate as a scanned copy will not be accepted. Without the original VE103B Certificate you are unprotected and vulnerable to potentially big fines or the vehicle being impounded. Global require at minimum 2 weeks' notification prior to the date you wish to take the vehicle out of the UK. This provides us with sufficient time to organise all the legal documentation and ensure that the certificate is in your possession before you go.

Contact Global’s Premier Driver Services team who will provide you with a VE103B Certificate application form: driver.services@globalautocare.co.uk

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driver and one for a passenger. They must be worn at all times when inspecting or repairing a vehicle on a highway. •

Winter tyres and equipment:  some European countries either require or recommend winter tyres for part of the year or if conditions dictate. Usually the tyre is required to have a minimum tread depth of 3mm. It’s also likely that you will have to carry snow chains and use them whenever signs or conditions require you to. Ensure to check before you travel if and when they are required.

Important Information You Should Know While You’re Abroad: Emergency Services  –  Call 112 This number will work in all European countries, whether you are calling from a fixed or mobile phone. 112 will put you in touch with all emergency services: ambulance, fire brigade or the police. Display That The Vehicle Is UK Registered Modern style number plates (as of March 2019) will not display the GB Euro-symbol. If your Global vehicle was registered from March 2019 or after, you must display a GB sticker. This is a compulsory requirement when driving a UK registered vehicle abroad.

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Low Emission Zones (LEZ) Popular destinations have adopted a Low Emission Zone regulation which is a growing law amongst countries tackling pollution issues. Low Emission Zones require a sticker to be placed in your windscreen. They can be purchased locally in hotels and garages on presentation of a valid VE103B Certificate. You can order online in advance but you will need a digital photocopy of the VE103B Certificate. The full country list of Low Emission Zones can be found on the Urban Access Regulations website. Crit-Air Sticker  –  Required In Areas Of France Check if the region you are visiting requires a sticker via the Air Quality Certificate Service. There are six different types of CRIT-Air sticker, depending on the emissions of the vehicle. To obtain the sticker you’ll need to provide information which appears on the vehicle's registration document – please call Global. Apply early as the CRIT-Air sticker has a 30-day delivery time but may take longer. Repairs Abroad Global have no control over the costs imposed by dealerships outside of the UK therefore ensure you extend your insurance and breakdown recovery for European travel. You must always get approval from Global before carrying out any work, whether you are abroad or in the UK.

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Drinking And Driving Each country has specific alcohol limits that will be enforced if the driver is found to be driving with alcohol in his/her system. Global have a strict zero tolerance drinking policy. Fines Global can’t be held responsible for any fines or charges which you incur while using your vehicle, whether you’re in the UK or abroad. There will be an administration fee to handle the matter and any correspondence we have to enter into.

Breakdowns And Accidents If you breakdown please contact the relevant manufacturer of the vehicle (please tell them the vehicle is owned by Global) or contact your employer. In the unfortunate event you have an accident, you need to check your company’s process and contact your employer’s fleet manager. Please ensure you tell Global about any breakdowns or accidents.

Manufacturer's European Assistance:

Digital Devices And Mobile Phones Each country has its own laws governing the use of mobile phones and some even make it illegal to have a mobile device switched on whilst driving. Devices with a touch screen which may distract you should be positioned where you cannot see it – this doesn’t apply to sat navs but you must not touch or program a sat nav unless parked in a safe place. It’s prohibited to use headphones and headsets (or any devices that is attached to the ear) when driving in some countries such as France.

Less than 4 years old • Mercedes-Benz: 00800 1777 7777 or +44 (0) 2079 757077

Remember Most European Countries Drive On The Right-Hand Side Of The Road This means that typically, you’ll be negotiating roundabouts in an anti-clockwise direction rather than clockwise. If you find you have to overtake, don’t rush and take extra caution.

Less than 3 years old • Audi: 00800 1330 3939 •

BMW: 0800 777 111

Jaguar: 0800 246 844

MINI: 0800 777 101 or +44 (0) 20 8603 9990

Skoda: 0800 526 625

Land Rover: 0800 521 786

Volvo: +44 (0) 208 603 9993

Less than 2 years old • SEAT: 0800 262 622, 00800 1330 3939, if in France: 08258 78983 or 04721 71205 Less than 1 year old • Ford: 00800 8877 6611 • Volkswagen: 0800 777 192

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Please check for any updates before you travel via the AA website.

Country By Country Requirements.

Country

Speed limits km/h (mph) Min. Built-up Main age M/way areas roads

Required equipment and things to be aware of

Austria

30-50 (18-31)

100 (62)

130 (80)

17

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, reflective jacket(s) and first aid kit (must be in a strong dirt-proof box) and winter equipment. Be aware of:  Dashboard cameras are prohibited in Austria. Drivers must stop their vehicle and wait for an audible warning if approaching a level crossing with a white sign with a train engine and the words “auf pfeifsignal achten”. In the event of an accident and subsequent congestion on a motorway, drivers must form an ‘emergency corridor’ that is at least 3 metres wide for emergency services.

Belgium

20-50 (12-31)

43-90 (43-55)

120 (74)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle and reflective jacket(s). Be aware of:  Most roundabouts have signs showing that traffic on the roundabout has priority. If there is no sign present, traffic joining from the right has priority. On-the-spot fines for exceeding the speed limit are high. A white disc bordered in red, bearing the word ‘Peage’ in black, indicates that drivers must stop.

Czech Republic

50 (31)

90 (55)

130 (80)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, spare bulbs, spare replacement fuses, first aid kit and reflective jacket(s). Be aware of:  Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden  –  the legal limit is zero. In the event of an accident and subsequent congestion on a motorway, drivers must form an ‘emergency corridor’ that is at least 3 metres wide for emergency services.

Denmark

40-50 (24-31)

80 (49)

130 (80)

17

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle. Be aware of:  Drivers must give way to cyclists. You must stop and give way to traffic on the road you are entering where you see a bold line, a line of white triangles (shark’s teeth) painted across the road or a white triangle with red border sign.

Finland

20-50 (12-31)

80-100 (49-62)

120 (74)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, winter tyres, spare bulbs and high visibility vests(s). Be aware of:  Beware game (elk, reindeer, etc.)  –  any incident involving an animal must be reported to the emergency services. During the winter months (October to March) speed limits are generally 12 mph slower.

France

50 (31)

90 (55)*

110-130 (68-80)*

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, breathalyser kit, reflective jacket(s), first aid kit and winter equipment. Be aware of:  It’s prohibited to use headphones and headsets (any device that is attached to the ear) when driving. *In wet weather or if you’ve held a driving licence for less than three years, lower speed limits apply.

Germany

50 (31)

100 (62)

130 (80)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, spare bulbs, reflective jacket(s) and first aid kit. Be aware of:  Some German cities operate environmental zones, to legally drive in these cities you will need to display a ‘Plakette’ (sticker) in your windscreen. You could be fined for not doing so. In bad weather conditions/snow, if chains are fitted the maximum speed limit is 31 mph.

Greece

50 (31)

90-110 (55-68)

130 (80)

17

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Be aware of:  The police can remove the number plates of illegally parked vehicles throughout Greece. If you have snow chains fitted you must not driver faster than 31 mph.

Hungary

30-50 (18-31)

90-110 (55-68)

130 (80)

17

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, reflective jacket(s), first-aid kit and winter equipment. Be aware of:  Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden  –  the legal limit is zero. Hungarian motorway authorities check all vehicles electronically to verify the registration number/category of toll paid/validity of the e-vignette. If your vehicle is damaged at the time you enter Hungary you should obtain a police report confirming the damage at the time of entry. In the event of an accident and subsequent congestion on a motorway, drivers must form an ‘emergency corridor’ by moving as far right as possible for emergency services.

Ireland

30-50 (18-31)

60-100 (37-62)

120 (74)

17

Compulsory equipment:  It’s not compulsory to carry any equipment in Ireland but we recommend you take a warning triangle and reflective jacket(s). Be aware of:  Distances on signs are given in kilometres. Some level crossings have manual gates which you must open and close. Barrier free tolling now operates on the M50 Dublin. Number plates will be recorded when passed through and the driver must pay the fee (at any ‘payzone’ outlet) by 8pm the following day. The driver is responsible for payment of the toll. No fixed speed cameras in Ireland but mobile camera vans are used.

Italy & San Marino

50 (31)

90-110 110-130 (55-68)* (68-80)*

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, reflective jacket(s) and winter equipment. Be aware of:  Park only on the right hand side of an urban street. *If you passed your test less than 3 years ago you must not exceed 55 mph on dual carriageways/62 mph on motorways. Display a Fiamma fully reflectorised panel if you are carrying an overhanging load at the rear such as a cycle carrier. Pollution charge, AREA C is payable in the centre of Milan. You must purchase an ‘eco-pass’ before entering the zone. In many historical centres and major towns traffic is restricted from entering areas known as ‘Zone a Traffico Limitato’ (ZTL’s) as only residents are permitted to enter.

Netherlands

50 (31)

80-100 (49-62)

130 (80)

18

Compulsory equipment:  It’s not compulsory to carry any equipment in the Netherlands but we recommend you take a warning triangle and reflective jacket(s). Be aware of:  You can purchase parking discs if required from local stores.

Norway

30-50 (18-31)

80 (49)

90-100 (55-68)

18

Required equipment:  Warning triangle, reflective jacket(s) and winter equipment. Be aware of:  Strictly enforced parking and speeding laws. If you park illegally your vehicle may be towed away. Expect your vehicle to be checked at or near the border. Electric vehicles are allowed to use bus lanes in Oslo.

Poland

20-50 (13-31)

90-120 (55-74)

140 (86)

18

Required equipment:  Warning triangle and fire extinguisher. Be aware of:  Tolls vary according to the type of road, the distance travelled and the emissions category of the vehicle. Speed limits differ during times of the day.

Portugal

20-50 (12-31)

90-110 (55-68)*

120 (74)*

17

Compulsory equipment:  Photographic proof of identity (at all times), reflective jacket(s) and Temporary Electronic Toll Device (DEM) or Pre-Paid Tolls. Be aware of:  *If you have held your licence for less than a year you must not exceed 55 mph. Green lanes on motorways are for permit holders only. It’s forbidden use a dashboard camera. You must not carry a bicycle(s) at the rear of a car, but you may carry bicycles on the roof of your car as long as the total height isn’t more than 4 metres.

Spain

30-20 (13-31)

80-100 (49-62)

80-120 (49-74)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle, spare wheel and reflective jacket(s). Be aware of:  If you wear glasses you must carry a spare pair in your car. Devices with a screen which could distract you when driving should be positioned where you can’t see them  –  this doesn’t apply to a sat nav but you must not touch or program your sat nav unless parked in a safe place. It’s prohibited to use headphones and headsets (any device that is attached to the ear) when driving. Display a Fiamma fully reflectorised panel if you are carrying an overhanging load at the rear such as a cycle carrier.

Sweden

30 (18)

70 (43)

90 (55)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Winter tyres (1 December  –  31 March with a minimum tread depth of 3 millimetres), screen-wash additive and a shovel. Be aware of:  Low and strictly enforced speed limits. As weather conditions cannot be predicted it is strongly advised to use winter tyres. Congestion charges in Stockholm and Göteborg apply to foreign registered vehicles  –  payment of the charges can be made by card by visiting www.epass24.com. Beware game (elk, reindeer, etc.)0

Switzerland

50 (31)

80-100 (49-62)

120 (74)

18

Compulsory equipment:  Warning triangle and snow chains. Be aware of:  If you wear glasses you must carry a spare pair in your car. You will have to buy a ‘vignette’ (sticker) costing CHF40 (≈£32) for vehicles up to 3.5tonnes. In Switzerland, pedestrians generally have right of way and expect vehicles to stop. Some pedestrians may just step into the road when on crosswalks and will expect your vehicle to stop. Blue zone parking discs are available from many petrol stations, garages, kiosks, restaurants and police stations.

Data and advice shown is for general guidance only. Always obey country and local laws and speed limits. Speed limits are determined by place, vehicle and by the weather  –  always obey the signs. Law enforcements in all countries are able to produce on-the-spot fines for traffic offences. Spare bulbs are compulsory in some countries – if you have any questions on where to purchase bulbs please contact driver.services@globalautocare.co.uk. If the European country you are travelling to isn’t included in this table, please visit the AA website for the latest information. Winter equipment legal requirements vary from country to country. Please check the AA website for specific requirements. There are several access regulation schemes throughout Europe where you may need to pay motorway toll(s). Please check the Urban Access Regulations website for specific requirements.. Denotes Low Emission Zone vignette required in some regions of the country. Please check the Urban Access Regulations website for latest information.

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European Driving Checklist. Ensure to pack and check the following before leaving home: •

Your valid passport

Warning triangle (compulsory in most countries)

Your full, valid driving licence

Proof of vehicle insurance

Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your vehicle, you may need beam converters or to adjust your beam manually)

Travel insurance documents

Your breakdown cover documents

Spare bulbs (compulsory in some countries)

Your vehicle is taxed and MOT’d

Your vehicle has been serviced

Low Emission Zone (LEZ) vignette if required (compulsory in some countries)

Proof of ownership (VE103B Certificate – compulsory)

CRIT-Air sticker if you are visiting certain regions in France

GB Euro-sticker if required

First aid kit (compulsory in some countries)

Access to electric points if your vehicle is electric/hybrid

Breathalyser (compulsory in France)

Reflective jacket(s) carried within the passenger compartment

Understand your vehicle  –  see Global’s Premier Driver Pack for further advice (contact Global’s Premier Driver Team if you don’t have this  –  an electronic version can be provided)

Useful Links: •

AA’s general advice for travelling abroad: www.theaa.com/driving-advice/driving-abroad/general-advice

BVRLA – VE103B Certificate: www.bvrla.co.uk/service/vehicle-hire-certificates

AA’s country by country local rules guide: www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe/

Insurance: www.gov.uk/vehicle-insurance/driving-abroad

Licences: www.gov.uk/driving-abroad

CRIT’Air – France: www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/

Urban Access Regulations: www.urbanaccessregulations.eu/

International Driving Permit (IDP): www.theaa.com/driving-advice/driving-abroad/idp

Kit for your car: www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe/what-do-i-need

country-by-country

Need Help? If you need help or advice about taking your vehicle abroad, contact us and a member of Global’s Premier Driver Services team will be happy to help you: +44 (0) 113 391 8040

driver.services@globalautocare.co.uk

Disclaimer: Global can only advise what documentation/in-vehicle accessories are required when driving your vehicle abroad. Ultimately it’s the responsibility of the driver, to ensure you have everything you need. The information provided in this document is for general information purposes and is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication (September 2018). Neither Global Autocare or the author can be held responsible for any actions or consequences from acting on, or refraining from taking any action, as a result of reading this.

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