Driving in the UK

Before driving in the UK, it is important that you fulfil the legal requirements and are aware of the correct procedures.

Important legal requirements

  • You must have a licence that allows you to drive in Great Britain.  For advice on this see the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

  • You must observe and abide by the Highway Code.

  • You must abide by the laws relating to licensing, insurance, vehicle roadworthiness, vehicle registration, and vehicle excise duty (tax). For information regarding these matters see the DVLA.

  • Anyone wishing to drive in central London on weekdays between 7am and 6.00pm must pay a daily congestion charge. This, together with the problems of parking in the city, means that driving in London is often an impractical option.
  • You can find out more detailed information from the UKCISA guidance for international students on driving in the UK.

And one more very obvious thing - we drive on the left in the United Kingdom!

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