As holidaymakers start to plan their summer vacations, the BVRLA is urging members to remind customers of their obligations to carry a VE103 certificate when taking vehicles abroad.
The VE103 certificate, which contains details of the vehicle taken from the V5, along with the name and address of the hirer, is the only acceptable substitute for the V5C. It enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so and drivers travelling in mainland Europe must carry their document at all times.
Photocopies of the V5C or letters of authority are not accepted.
Drivers caught without the correct documentation can face long delays which can be time consuming and costly. The consequences will vary according to the country, but a driver may be fined and the vehicle could be impounded.
BVRLA Director of Member Services Nora Leggett says: “Whether it’s because they are not aware of the rules, or they decide to take the risk, there are drivers who travel abroad in a leased vehicle without the correct VE103 documentation. And we aren’t just talking about company cars; there are a significant number of commercial vehicles that leave the UK without a VE103 too. It is essential that businesses understand their responsibilities and educate drivers to avoid significant disruption.”