Mike, I wrote:
Kilkis wrote:...Generally, in the UK and all EU countries, driving licences of other countries are recognised for a period of time. The times may vary from country to country BUT always expire when the licence needs renewing.
As far as I can see this statement is true. It appeared that in Greece the period of time was the end of 2021. The UK has decided to keep its previous rules of up to age 70 or 3 years if you arrive after age 67. However, the law referenced by Julia Cross was issued after the decree that set the end of 2021 deadline and contains the following paragraphs in Article 25:
Holders of a valid driving license for mopeds, motorcycles, motorcycles, quadricycles and passenger cars during their stay in Greece and whose driving license has been issued by the United States of America or Canada or the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth of America and the United Kingdom and Gibraltar.
The driving of the vehicles in question by the above requires the possession of a valid national license of the respective categories provided that it is accompanied by an official translation into Greek or English.
While this doesn't explicitly include residents it does not explicitly exclude them. While it includes the phrase "during their stay in Greece", which could imply non-resident, every sub-paragraph preceding this one explicitly excludes people who are resident in Greece. Residents are "staying" in Greece. I think it is this paragraph on which Julia Cross is seeking clarification. I also wrote:
Kilkis wrote:...In the UK and all EU countries a driving licence is only supposed to be issued by the appropriate authority in the country where the person is permanently resident. No authority will issue a licence to a person who gives an address in another country. People who get round this rule by giving an address where they are not permanently living are not obeying the rules....
which is just agreeing with your statement.
I think it depends where you are judged to be resident, which is usually determined by the 183 day rule, Rick. If the person was resident in the UK for more than 183 days in each year then they would quite rightly renew their licence in the UK. If they were resident for more than 183 days in Greece then they should switch to a Greek licence and not renew it in the UK. They would probably get away with it either way at the moment. As the Schengen digital recording system of entry and exit becomes active and possibly gets accessed by government departments other than immigration then that might change.