The DVLA has warned motorists not to take their vehicle abroad without their V5C logbook, while drivers of leased or hired vehicles 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, said: “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, Leggett added: “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."