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Driving Licences: EU Countries

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL10724, tabled on 25 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU on 31 December, what progress they have made on issuing 90,000 new driver permits.

Answered on

9 December 2020

The UK has an allocation of up to 1668 annual and 5040 short-term ECMT permits available for 2021.

It is not the Government’s intention to rely solely on ECMT permits for market access.

ECMT permits would only ever be used to supplement wider market access arrangements, either under an EU-wide agreement or a series of bilateral agreements with EU Member States.

An application window for ECMT permits was open from 2 November 2020 until 20 November 2020. Permits have not yet been allocated; we will take account of the latest negotiations before doing so.