Consequences of Brexit: The British in France are threatened with astronomical fines because they do not have a driver's license
The French government previously announced that the British living in that country will have to replace their British driver's license with a French one because of Brexit, but many of them did not do that, writes The Guardian. Some of them are now afraid that they will lose their jobs, others are afraid that they will have to return to Great Britain.
In the worst case, Britons living in France will have to take driving tests in France. In order to do that, they are obliged to attend classes and pass the theoretical exam in French. Obtaining a French driver's license costs around 1,800 euros, writes the HAK magazine.
When the Brexit option without an agreement appeared in 2018, about 100,000 Britons applied to exchange their British driver's license for a French one, but some of them did not. The French government announced late last year that the British in France would have to submit a request by December 31, 2021.
However, since January, the new French online licensing system has systematically rejected all requests, because there is (yet) no agreement between Great Britain and France in this area. It is currently estimated that there are around 3,000 Britons who are seriously concerned. Some of them do not have a valid driver's license because the old one has recently expired. If you are caught driving in France without a valid driver's license, the fine is up to 15,000 euros.