ACFO chairman Tony Leigh said such a policy was unworkable for fleet operators: 'The V5 is a valuable document and for it to be out of safe keeping for any time poses a risk to the vehicle's owner. If a fleet owns 1,000 vehicles and 10% go to France in a year, that's 100 registration documents to be handed out and got back. Fleets don't like to hand them out because they don't want to lose them.'
Leigh wrote to French consul-adjoint Philippe Perrier citing a 1963 Resolution of the Economic Commission for Europe, which stated that a certified extract from the registration document could be used by drivers of hired or leased vehicles. Perrier replied this was not acceptable. However, he plans to continue lobbying for a change in the regulations.
While Leigh singled out France the DVLA said such regulations applied to travel throughout the European Union.