The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association
(BVRLA) is reminding customers who are taking a rented or leased vehicle abroad
this summer to seek permission from the organisation that owns the vehicle
prior to departure.
Once permission is granted, customers should receive a
written letter giving permission as well as a Vehicle on Hire (VE103)
certificate. The VE103 certificate will be provided in lieu of the vehicle
registration document (V5c), which is a legal requirement for driving in
mainland Europe. Most, although not all organisations will charge a fee to
provide the necessary documentation.
The certificate should be kept in the vehicle throughout
the duration of any overseas journey, advises the BVRLA, as a failure to
produce the necessary documentation could result in an on-the-spot fine, or
worse still, the vehicle being impounded.
The BVRLA recommends that drivers should seek permission
in good time to ensure that they have the VE103 well in advance of their
journey. The process can take up to several weeks from initial request to being
in receipt of the certificate.
Drivers travelling to the continent should also be aware
that low emission zones are in place in 17 cities across Germany and in three
cities in France - Paris,
Lyon and Grenoble - requiring drivers to display a sticker indicating
the emission levels of the vehicle.
In Germany, drivers can purchase the appropriate sticker
in hotels, garages and environmental offices on presentation of a valid VE103.
Alternatively, they can be ordered online. The cost is in the region of €17.50.
In France, stickers can only be purchased online and the
process can take up to six weeks from ordering. The cost is in the region of €3.70
Euros plus postage.
On-the-spot fines apply to drivers not displaying the
appropriate vehicle stickers within designated low emission zones.
Drivers should ensure that they are aware of the local
driving regulations and be prepared with any equipment that must be carried
within the vehicle. A comprehensive country-by-country guide is available
on the AA website at: https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe