If you are from an EU or EEA* country, you can drive in the UK with your home country licence. From most other countries, provided your full licence remains valid, you can drive for up to 12 months. To carry on driving after 12 months, you must have obtained a provisional British licence and passed a driving test before the 12 months elapses.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence
Before you drive in the UK for the first time, it is vital to be sure that your host family has arranged insurance cover for you with their motor insurer, so that you are legally covered when you drive their car. BAPAA recommends that you ask to see evidence that your name has been included on the family’s motor insurance policy. As an adult, UK law considers you to be a responsible person and you should only agree to drive if you are satisfied that you are insured!
BAPAA recommends that all au pairs who are required to drive as part of their routine are given a course of driving lessons by a qualified British driving instructor. The instructor will report to the family when he/she feels that you have reached the correct degree of confidence required.
Make sure you understand the rules of the road. These are contained in the Highway Code and, if you don’t have a copy, can be found at www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code
Petrol used in connection with work is paid for by the family but you will usually have to pay for petrol for your personal use. This needs to be discussed with the family at the beginning of your stay.
You can get directions of how to get from one place to another at the AA website www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp
*Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. (Iceland, Liechenstein and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU), but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens. Switzerland is not in the EEA but an international treaty means that from 1 June 2002 Swiss nationals have similar rights.)