DRIVING LICENCES: 'We are nearly there,' says British Ambassador
The British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, has sent out a new message reminding ex-pat residents still waiting to swap their UK driving licences for Spanish ones, that negotiations with the Spanish government continue to "progress well", even though there is still no date for a deal.
While he admitted that there is still nothing specific to share, he repeated the message he delivered last week, saying "Getting you back on the road is our top priority and we are working on it every day. I am confident in saying we are nearly there."
Last week Elliott announced that Spain had agreed to a clause that would allow residents to drive on their UK licences for six months, once an agreement has been reached, to give them more time to exchange them for a Spanish one without having to take a test.
"There will be a further, more substantive update next week," the ambassador promised in a message on social media, meanwhile he advised anyone experiencing difficulties as they live in isolated areas, to reach out to their local town halls, charities, or community groups who might be able to help with transport.
Since April 30th, when a grace period for using UK licences after Brexit ended, ex-pats who were unable to swap to a Spanish licence before the cut-off date, or who came later and have been living in Spain for more than six months, have had to stop driving unless they take a Spanish driving test.
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