The Legal Stuff: Your Driving Licence

Filed under: Car hire in France — Tags: , , , — admin @ 11:31 am January 9, 2011

Every country’s traffic and licence laws are a little different. For example, in France you risk a hefty fine for not carrying the car’s log book in the vehicle at all times. Of course, such paperwork issues needn’t be a problem when investing in our car hire in France service.

Driving age limits vary from country to country. Rental agents often set their own lower and upper age limits to keep insurance premiums down too (even car hire in the UK is available to over-21’s only, with most agents opting for over-25’s). More often than not, in the cases of very young or senior drivers, an excess fee may be charged. This applies to car hire in Italy, France etc too. Cheap car hire in the USA tends to be a little more lenient due to the lower driving age and higher alcohol age restriction.

Residents of EC/EAA countries can usually drive in other EC/EAA countries on their regular driving license unless their license is not written using the Roman alphabet. Citizens from non-EC/EAA countries or citizens from EC/EAA countries wishing to drive in non-EC/EAA countries must apply for an International Driving Permit at a cost of around £5.50.

Remember: If you have a photo ID driving licence you must present the paper counterpart when collecting your rental. Without both parts of your licence (plus the International Driving Licence document if necessary) you won’t be going anywhere in that hire car.

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