Press Release

DVLA issues warning to drivers planning Summer getaway

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The DVLA has again warned motorists not to take their vehicle abroad without their V5C logbook, providing a timely reminder to drivers of leased or hired vehicles that they will require a vehicle on hire certificate (VE103) from their rental or leasing provider. The VE103 certificate is an authenticated extract of the logbook and ensures drivers have the correct documentation to legally travel in Europe in a hire vehicle.

On average 4.1 million British drivers travel to Europe each year and with the popularity of personal leasing in the UK, BVRLA’s Director of Member Services, Nora Leggett says: “we believe thousands of motorists could inadvertently flout European legislation when driving across the Channel this year by travelling without the correct documentation.

“We ask that drivers who lease or rent their car notify their rental or leasing company now before the summer holiday peak so that the VE103 certificate can be processed and sent in plenty of time to avoid the prospect of stiff financial penalties, delay and upset to holiday plans”.

Speaking about the importance of company car drivers notifying their leasing or rental company, Nora Leggett went on to say: “Checking arrangements for European breakdown cover is crucial for drivers because repair costs can easily spiral and it is also essential that drivers have fully comprehensive insurance cover for their trip. 

“If in doubt, speak with your leasing provider or rental company and they will provide you with all the information you will need for a safe and compliant trip to Europe this summer”.


Notes to editors
The VE103 – Vehicle on Hire Certificate must be carried in all rented or leased vehicles when travelling abroad if the vehicle registration document is not available. It is the only legal alternative to the vehicle registration document – letters of authority and photocopies of the V5C (log-book) are not valid substitutes.

Rented or leased vehicles include those on short or long term hire: that’s vehicles on daily rental, contract hire, finance lease, contract purchase, employee car ownership schemes, in fact, every vehicle that is on a hire or rental agreement.

It is a legal requirement for drivers to carry their vehicle registration documents in the vehicle when travelling abroad. However, when the vehicle is rented, rental and leasing companies are unwilling to allow the original documents to leave their control because of the consequences of loss, fraud and theft of the documents. Instead, they provide their customers with the only acceptable substitute, the VE103 – Vehicle on Hire Certificate. Visit the BVRLA webpage - – or download the V526 leaflet for more information about these requirements.

About the BVRLA
Established in 1967, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is the UK trade body for companies engaged in the rental and leasing of cars and commercial vehicles. Its 900+ members operate a combined fleet of almost 5million cars, vans and trucks. BVRLA members buy nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK, supporting around 317,000 jobs and contributing nearly £25bn to the economy each year.

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