1 Citation and commencement

This Order may be cited as the Driving Licences (Exchangeable Licences) Order 2007 and shall come into force on 31st January 2007.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 January 2007: see above.

2 Interpretation

2Interpretation

In this Order—

(a)    “driving test” means a test corresponding to the practical test of driving skills and behaviour prescribed under section 89 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as part of the test of competence to drive;

(b)    “vehicle with automatic transmission” means a vehicle in which either—

(i)    the driver is not provided with any means whereby he may vary the gear ratio between the engine and the road wheels independently of the accelerator and the brakes, or

(ii)    he is provided with such means but they do not include a clutch pedal or lever which he may operate manually,

(and accordingly, a vehicle with manual transmission is any other class of vehicle); and

(c)    a reference to a licensing category is a reference to the category identified by the same letter or combination of letters in Schedule 2 to the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 January 2007: see art 1.

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3 Designation of Faroe Islands

3Designation of Faroe Islands

(1)    Subject to paragraph (3), the Faroe Islands is designated under section 108(2)(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as respects licences of the description specified in paragraph (2).

(2)    The licences referred to in paragraph (1) are licences which—

(a)    authorise the driving of a class of vehicles corresponding to a class of vehicles included in licensing category B, B1, B + E, F, K or P, and

(b)    have been granted by the licensing authority of the Faroe Islands—

(i)    to a person who has passed a driving test in the Faroe Islands, or

(ii)    by way of exchange for a licence granted in the United Kingdom or an EEA State (other than the United Kingdom) or in a country or territory named in the Schedule to a person who had passed a driving test in such a State, country or territory.

(3)    Notwithstanding that a licence of a description specified in paragraph (2) authorises the driving of vehicles with manual transmission, that licence shall be exchangeable only to the extent that it authorises the driving of vehicles with automatic transmission if it was granted to a person who passed a driving test in a vehicle with automatic transmission.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 January 2007: see art 1.

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Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Transport

SJ Ladyman

Minister of State

Department for Transport

17th January 2007

SCHEDULE Other Countries and Territories from which a Licence may have been Exchanged

SCHEDULE  Other Countries and Territories from which a Licence may have been Exchanged Article 3

Australia

Barbados

British Virgin Islands

The provinces and territories of Canada

The Falkland Islands

Guernsey

Hong Kong

Isle of Man

Japan

Jersey

Monaco

New Zealand

Republic of Korea

Singapore

South Africa

Switzerland

Zimbabwe

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 January 2007: see art 1.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order designates the Faroe Islands under section 108(2)(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as making satisfactory provisions for the issue of certain classes of driving licence. This enables a person holding one of these licences to exchange it for a corresponding British licence.

The licences affected are those authorising the driving of mopeds, motor cars and small goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum authorised mass (with or without a trailer), tractors, pedestrian controlled vehicles and mowing machines.

The Order also provides that a licence may not be exchanged for a British licence authorising the driving of vehicles with manual transmission unless the holder took a driving test on a vehicle with manual transmission. If the test was taken in a vehicle with automatic transmission, it will be exchangeable only so far as the licence authorises the driving of vehicles with automatic transmission.

A regulatory impact assessment of the effect of this instrument will have on costs of business is available from the DVLA, Drivers Policy Group, Unit 3, Sandringham Park, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 0EP.

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