Americans are legally allowed to drive in the
U.K. for a period of up to twelve months on their U.S. driving license.
The 12 month period commences upon the first day of your residency
in the U.K. If you will be resident longer than 12 months, you will
get to experience the joy of taking both a written (called theory
in the UK) and driving (called practical in the UK). Additionally,
you must apply for a provisional licence before taking either
of these tests. The tests are typically spaced out, too. You cannot
take both tests on the same day. See thedriving
requirements for non-EU citizens on the DVLA
site to obtain full details.
a UK Licence
is highly recommended that you take a few driving lessons
if you are going to obtain a UK licence (no spelling error..it is
spelled 'licence' in the UK). There are certain manouvers required
by law that aren't really required in the US. Also, you will be
tested on various aspects of driving and knowing what driving testers
look out for will be advantageous! Many people (even experienced
US drivers) fail their first tests!
following is a list of recommended books to help you study for
and pass your UK driving license tests (these titles are available
for ordering within the UK):
Pass First Time 2002 / 2003
This invaluable learning resource is an entertaining and
efficient way to prepare for your Theory Driving Test. Covering
both cars and motorbikes, it contains every single one of
the official bank of questions you could possibly face.
An easily navigable menu gives you
access to the correct question bank. Different testing systems
allow you to fine tune your learning and response analysis
even highlights your strengths and weaknesses. The mock
test practises the real test conditions of the touch screen
theory test. Ensure your success - practise, learn and succeed
with the experts!
your vehicle a.k.a. "Road Tax" or "Tax Disc"
driver must pay to licence their vehicle. This is referred to as
tax and when paid, a tax disc is issued for the vehicle which
is displayed in the left side of the windscreen (windshield). This
is the equivalent to American license plate tags. You can purchase
a tax disc at most Royal Mail Post Offices. However, please be aware
that you may require an MOT
prior to applying for the disc.
scheme is primarily a road safety measure designed to ensure that
all cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles more than 3 years
old: are properly maintained and; at least once a year are examined
at an authorised MOT
test station to make sure that they comply with certain important
requirements of the law.
Important driving info links
(Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) - The DVLA is the equivalent
to the U.S. DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).
Driving Standards Agency- The DSA is responsible
for conducting driving tests
in Great Britain for cars, motorcycles, lorries and buses maintaining
a register of car driving instructors and checking their standard
of tuition supervising Compulsory Basic Training for motorcyclists
setting and maintaining theory test standards.
- Where you'll find everything you could possibly need to know
about learning to drive from information on applying for your
provisional licence to testing your driving knowledge with a Mock
Theory Test. * Flash intensive site...may take time to download.
Car Numbers- an explanation of registration plates for British cars.
is 'license plate'.
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