UK travellers hiring cars abroad

This could be another scaremongering piece like the international driving licences needed for Florida, however, it is probably safe rather than sorry – please see article from BBC news

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32481382

Motorists going abroad after 8 June are being warned they may need to take a special code with them if they want to hire a car.
From that date the paper counterpart of British driving licences – which records endorsements and fines – is being computerised.
Anyone wanting to hire a car abroad could need a code to show convictions for offences like speeding.
To obtain it, motorists will have to log on to the DVLA website beforehand.
But the code is only valid for 72 hours, so anyone wanting to hire a car more than three days into their trip may need to generate a new code while they are abroad.
For those who do not have internet access, a phone number will also be made available.
However, the code is not an official requirement and it will depend on the individual hire company’s terms whether or not it is required.

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