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F1S. 99A and cross-heading inserted (23.7.1996 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/1974, reg. 2, Sch. 1 para. 9

F399A[ Authorisation to drive in Great Britain.]E+W+S

(1)[F2An] [F2EU] licence holder may drive, and a person may cause or permit [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder to drive, in Great Britain, a motor vehicle of any class which—

(a)he is authorised by his [F2EU] licence to drive, and

(b)he is not disqualified for holding or obtaining a licence under this Part of this Act to drive,

notwithstanding that he is not the holder of a licence under this Part of this Act.

(2)Subsections (3) and (4) below apply to [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is normally resident in Great Britain.

(3)In a case where the [F2EU] licence holder is authorised by his [F2EU] licence to drive motor vehicles of classes other than any prescribed class of goods vehicle or any prescribed class of passenger-carrying vehicle, he shall cease to be authorised by virtue of subsection (1) above to drive in Great Britain any such classes of motor vehicle from—

(a)the date on which he attains the age of seventy years, or

(b)the expiry of the period of three years beginning with the relevant date,

whichever is the later.

(4)In a case where the [F2EU] licence holder is authorised by his [F2EU] licence to drive any prescribed class of goods vehicle or any prescribed class of passenger-carrying vehicle, he shall cease to be authorised by virtue of subsection (1) above to drive in Great Britain any such class of vehicle from—

[F4(a)except in a case falling within paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection—

(i)the date on which he attains the age of 45 years, or

(ii)the expiry of the period of five years beginning with the relevant date,

whichever is the later,]

(b)where his age at the relevant date exceeds forty-five but not sixty-five years—

(i)the date on which he attains the age of sixty-six years, or

(ii)the expiry of the period of five years beginning with the relevant date,

whichever is the earlier, and

(c)where his age at the relevant date exceeds sixty-five years, the expiry of the period of one year beginning with that date.

(5)[F2An] [F2EU] licence holder F5... who is authorised by virtue of subsection (1) above to drive in Great Britain motor vehicles of certain classes only, may drive, in Great Britain, motor vehicles of all other classes subject to the same conditions as if he were authorised by a provisional licence to drive motor vehicles of those other classes.

(6)Subsections (3) and (4) of section 98 of this Act shall apply in relation to subsection (5) above as they apply in relation to subsection (2) of that section.

(7)For the purposes of this Part and Part IV of this Act [F2an] [F2EU] licence shall not be treated as authorising a person to drive a vehicle of any class if it is not for the time being valid for that purpose in the EEA State in respect of which it was issued.

(8)In this section “relevant date", in relation to [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is normally resident in Great Britain, means—

(a)in the case where he first became so resident on or before 1 January 1997, that date; and

(b)in any other case, the date on which he first became so resident.

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Amendments (Textual)

F3S. 99A inserted (23.7.1996 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/1974, reg. 2, Sch. 1 para. 9

F4S. 99A(4)(a) substituted (1.7.1998) by S.I. 1998/1420, reg. 9

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 99A(5) restricted (12.11.1999) by S.I. 1999/2864, reg. 19(1)(3)(8)

C2S. 99A(5) applied by S.I. 1999/2864, reg. 19(1) (as substituted (19.1.2013) by The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/977), reg. 1(2), Sch. 3 para. 13(a))

F6[99B Information about resident [F2EU] licence holders.E+W+S

(1)[F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who—

(a)is normally resident in Great Britain, and

(b)is authorised by his [F2EU] licence to drive medium-sized or large goods vehicles or passenger-carrying vehicles of any class,

shall, on or before the expiry of the period of twelve months beginning with the relevant date, deliver his [F2EU] licence to the Secretary of State and provide him with the information specified in, or required under, subsection (4) below.

(2)Subsection (1) above shall not apply to [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder from whom the Secretary of State has received a qualifying application (within the meaning of section 88(1A) of this Act) for the grant of a licence under this Part of this Act.

F7(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)The information referred to in [F8subsection (1)] above is—

(a)the name and address in Great Britain of the [F2EU] licence holder;

(b)his date of birth;

(c)the classes of vehicle which he is authorised by his [F2EU] licence to drive;

(d)the period of validity of the [F2EU] licence in the EEA State in respect of which it was issued;

(e)whether the licence was granted in exchange for a licence issued by a state other than an EEA State; and

(f)such other information as the Secretary of State may require for the purposes of the proper exercise of any of his functions under this Part or Part IV of this Act.

(5)The Secretary of State—

(a)may endorse [F9the driving record of a person who delivers to him [F2an] [F2EU] licence (whether or not in pursuance of this section)] with any part of the information specified in, or required under, subsection (4) above or with information providing a means of ascertaining that information or any part of it; and

(b)must return the [F2EU] licence to the holder.

F10(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F11(7)Where the name of [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder as specified in his [F2EU] licence ceases to be correct, he must deliver his [F2EU] licence immediately to the Secretary of State and provide him with particulars of the alterations falling to be made in the name on it.]

F12(8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(9)On the delivery of [F2an] [F2EU] licence by any person in pursuance of subsection (7) above, the Secretary of State may endorse the [F2EU] licence [F13and that person's driving record] with the correct name and must return the [F2EU] licence to that person.

(10)Where [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder has not complied with subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State may serve notice in writing on the holder requiring him to deliver his [F2EU] licence to the Secretary of State and to provide him with the information specified in, or required under, subsection (4) above within such period (not being less than 28 days from the date of service of the notice) as is specified in the notice.

(11)A person who drives a motor vehicle on a road is guilty of an offence if he fails without reasonable excuse—

(a)to comply with a requirement contained in a notice served on him in pursuance of subsection (10) above, or

(b)to comply with a requirement imposed under subsection F14... (7) above.

F15(12). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(13)In England and Wales, proceedings for an offence by virtue of subsection (11)(a) above shall not be instituted except by the Secretary of State or by a constable acting with the approval of the Secretary of State.

(14)In this section “relevant date" has the meaning given by section 99A(8) of this Act.]

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F6S. 99B inserted (23.7.1996 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/1974, reg. 2, Sch. 1 para. 10

F8Words in s. 99B(4) substituted (8.6.2015) by Road Safety Act 2006 (c. 49), s. 61(1)(10), Sch. 3 para. 11(3); S.I. 2015/560, art. 3(a) (with arts. 4-9)

F9Words in s. 99B(5) substituted (8.6.2015) by Road Safety Act 2006 (c. 49), s. 61(1)(10), Sch. 3 para. 11(4); S.I. 2015/560, art. 3(a) (with arts. 4-9)

F16[99C Revocation of authorisation conferred by [F2EU] licence because of disability or prospective disability.E+W+S

(1)If the Secretary of State is at any time satisfied on inquiry—

(a)that [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is normally resident in Great Britain at that time is suffering from a relevant disability, and

(b)that the Secretary of State would be required by virtue of section 92(3) of this Act to refuse an application made by him at that time for a licence authorising him to drive a vehicle of the class in respect of which his [F2EU] licence was issued or a class corresponding to that class,

the Secretary of State may serve notice in writing requiring the [F2EU] licence holder to deliver the [F2EU] licence F17... immediately to the Secretary of State.

(2)If the Secretary of State is at any time satisfied on inquiry that [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is normally resident in Great Britain at that time is suffering from a prospective disability, the Secretary of State may—

(a)serve notice in writing requiring the [F2EU] licence holder to deliver the [F2EU] licence F17... immediately to the Secretary of State, and

(b)on receipt of the [F2EU] licence F17... grant to the [F2EU] licence holder, free of charge, a licence for a period determined by the Secretary of State under section 99(1)(b) of this Act.

(3)Where, in relation to [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is normally resident in Great Britain, the Secretary of State is at any time under a duty to serve notice on him in pursuance of section 92(5) of this Act, the Secretary of State may include in that notice a requirement that the [F2EU] licence holder deliver the [F2EU] licence F17... immediately to the Secretary of State.

(4)A person who—

(a)is required under, or by virtue of, any of subsections (1) to (3) above to deliver his [F2EU] licence F17... to the Secretary of State, but

(b)without reasonable excuse, fails to do so,

is guilty of an offence.

F18(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(6)Where [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder is served with a notice in pursuance of any of subsections (1) to (3) above, he shall cease to be authorised by virtue of section 99A(1) of this Act to drive in Great Britain a motor vehicle of any class from such date as may be specified in the notice, not being earlier than the date of service of the notice.]

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F16S. 99C inserted (23.7.1996 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/1974, reg. 2, Sch. 1 para. 11

F19[99D Information relating to disabilities etc.E+W+S

Section 94 of this Act F20 shall apply to [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is normally resident in Great Britain as if—

(a)in subsection (1), for the words from the beginning to “aware” there were substituted “If [F2an] [F2EU] licence holder who is authorised by virtue of section 99A(1) of this Act to drive in Great Britain a motor vehicle of any class, is aware immediately before the relevant date (as defined by section 99A(8) of this Act), or becomes aware on or after that date”,

(b)for subsection (3A) there were substituted—

(3A)A person who is authorised by virtue of section 99A(1) of this Act to drive in Great Britain a motor vehicle of any class and who drives on a road a motor vehicle of that class is guilty of an offence if at any earlier time while he was so authorised he was required by subsection (1) above to notify the Secretary of State but has failed without reasonable excuse to do so.

(c)in subsection (4), the words “an applicant for, or”, in both places where they occur, were omitted,

(d)in subsection (5), the words “applicant or” and the words from the beginning of paragraph (c) to “provisional licence” were omitted,

(e)in subsection (6)(b), the words “applicant or”, in both places where they occur, were omitted,

(f)in subsection (7), the words “applicant or” were omitted, and

(g)in subsection (8)—

(i)for “93” there were substituted “99C”, and

(ii)the words “applicant or”, in both places where they occur, were omitted.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F19S. 99D inserted (23.7.1996 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/1974, reg. 2, Sch. 1 para. 12

F20Subsection (3A) was inserted by section 18(2) of the 1991 Act; subsections (4) and (5)(c) were amended by section 5(7) and (8) of the 1989 Act.

[F2199E Return of [F2EU] licences delivered to Secretary of State.E+W+S

(1)This section applies where [F2an] [F2EU] licence is delivered to the Secretary of State in pursuance of section 99C or 115A of this Act.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, the Secretary of State must, on or after the expiry of the relevant period, forward the [F2EU] licence to the licensing authority in the EEA state in respect of which it was issued and explain to them his reasons for so doing.

(3)Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that the [F2EU] licence holder has ceased to be normally resident in Great Britain before the expiry of the relevant period, the Secretary of State must return the [F2EU] licence to the holder.

(4)In this section “relevant period” means—

(a)in a case where the [F2EU] licence holder appeals under section 100 or 119 of this Act against the requirement to surrender his [F2EU] licence, the period ending on the date on which the appeal is finally determined or abandoned, and

(b)in any other case, the period of seven months beginning with the date on which the Secretary of State received the [F2EU] licence.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F21S. 99E inserted (23.7.1996 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/1974, reg. 2, Sch. 1 para. 13

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