The Riigikogu sent the Bill on Amendments to the Traffic Act relating to the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (61 SE), initiated by the Government, to the third reading. It will preserve the right to drive on Estonian roads to holders of the United Kingdom’s driving licences during one year after Brexit.
The potential target group of the Act are the 1397 citizens of the United Kingdom who hold a valid ID-card (data of the Police and Border Guard Board as at 1 August).
The Bill will ensure transitional provisions for holders of the United Kingdom’s driving licences permanently residing in Estonia for the eventuality that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Without a special regulation in place, some UK driving licences may become invalid in Estonia. For example, the UK driving licence of a person who has been permanently residing in Estonia for longer than 12 months would become invalid upon the entry into force of a no-deal Brexit. After the 12-month transition period set out in the Bill, UK driving licence will be a third country driving licence, and holders of UK driving licences who permanently reside in Estonia will have to exchange their licences for Estonian driving licences within that 12-month period. The driving licence will be exchanged without having to take an exam. The Bill will also provide that the parking cards of vehicles servicing people with a mobility disability or blind people issued in the UK will continue to be valid in Estonia. Under the Bill, the Act will come into force on the day following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu
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