Drivers taking company cars abroad this summer urged to obtain VE103
Drivers planning on
taking their company car abroad on holiday this summer have been urged to
ensure that they have the correct documentation as soon as possible.
Vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval says, every year, it
receives last minute requests from drivers at ferry terminals who didn’t
realise they needed a VE103 certificate to use their lease vehicle overseas.
Richard Cox, fleet consultant, said: “The VE103 ‘on hire’ certificate is needed
by anyone who wants to use a car that they don’t own in almost all countries
where you’d typically take your car on holiday. Getting one is quite
straightforward but we - and every other leasing company - require a little
notice so that we can process the document.
“To process a request for a VE103 typically takes several days but, given the
occasional vagaries of the postal system, can sometimes take longer, so
allowing even more time is sensible.
“Our advice is, if you know you are going abroad in your company car this
summer, you should start the process of obtaining the documentation needed as
early as possible.”
Mr Cox added that the original VE103 document always had to be presented when
using a vehicle in another country and that a copy was not permissible.
He said: “Drivers may also be asked a few questions when contacting their leasing
company, such as the dates they will be abroad, the countries visiting, and
whether any additional drivers will be using the car. This is just part of the
The VE103 document is required for the following countries: Albania, Andorra,
Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece,
Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta,
Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian
Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and