frankmand wrote:...My wife checked on the UK Post Office site, and it said that the IDP only lasted for 1 (one) year.
Do you have another source of information?
Try the Post Office IDP Web Page
, put Greece into the box and click the red Check button. Yous should get the following reply:
You will need an International Driving Permit 1968 to drive in Greece
Permit valid for 3 year
The 1926 and 1949 permits are valid for one year. It is possible that the person she asked has issued 1926/1949 permits in the past and has never issued a 1968 permit, since the UK has only just started issuing them. In fact when you get one you will probably find it isn't valid until 30 March 2019 because I believe that is when the UK becomes a signatory to the 1968 convention.
Tim wrote:I think a lot of this links back (yet again) to the thorny problem of who is resident (in Crete) and who isn't, and how is this defined. The rules for driving on a UK licence after Brexit (with or without a deal) are quite different depending on where you live.
Not quite. It relates to where the licence was issued. If you have a UK licence issued by DVLA then you will need a 1968 IDP issued by a UK post office to drive in Greece. If you have a Greek issued licence then you won't. Obviously it relates to where you tell
the authorities you live since DVLA can only issue licences to a person who declares a UK permanent address and the Greek authority can only issue licences to a person who declares a permanent Greek address. Where you actually live and where you tell
the authorities you live may not be the same.
I do agree with you, Tim, that telling different parts of both the UK and Greek authorities different things may at some time cause problems. For example, if it ends up with a bilateral agreement between the UK and Greece on residency rights or if there is no agreement at all and we have to plead individually for the right to stay, then the checks may be more thorough than when the authorities knew we had the right to be here under an EU wide Directive. I know that some accountants keep their customers non-tax resident by the simple expedient of telling the tax authority that they are only in Greece for a short time each year. I know of one case where two months was used, although the person was completely unaware that their accountant was doing that. Living here for a few months each year does not qualify as being permanently resident. If the authority issuing the new permits cross checks with the tax authority it is possible that such people would not qualify for the new permit. I am not saying that this will happen simply that trying to live different existences can result in problems.