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BANGKOK 22 July 2019 01:55
CrossBones

Can I drive in UK on my Thai license?

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My British license expired 5 years ago.

I now have a Thai license

I need to go back to the UK for a few days, can I rent a car and drive on my Thai license? or an expired British license?

I am British and Australian (join citizenship)

What can I do?

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Im not really sure looking at that link. That link talks about foreigners. I am both a foreigner and not a foreigner, being British and Australian

And my driving license is Thai

 

hmm

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Hired a car from Avis at Heathrow last year with my 5 year Thai licence. No problem.

 

Believe that using a UK licence, for those no longer considered as UK resident, could lead to a rather hefty fine as well as potential insurance issues if involved in an accident. Using an expired UK licence is unlikely to be accepted by any hire company and is not a good idea under any circumstances.

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1 minute ago, dabhand said:

Hired a car from Avis at Heathrow last year with my 5 year Thai licence. No problem.

 

Believe that using a UK licence, for those no longer considered as UK resident, could lead to a rather hefty fine as well as potential insurance issues if involved in an accident. Using an expired UK licence is unlikely to be accepted by any hire company and is not a good idea under any circumstances.

you are British?

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Just now, Jip99 said:

 

 

 

.... and no you can’t.

 

 

Yes to the Thai DL, no to the 3xpired UK one.

its talking about foreigners

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2 minutes ago, CrossBones said:

you are British?

Yes.

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Just now, CrossBones said:

its talking about foreigners

 

Whatever. You are not resident and in any event hold a Thai license.

 

 

i have rented a car on  Thai licence before, because it was easier for the rental company.

 

No to the expired licence.....Yes to the Thai.

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Yes you can which I did many times. However the excess now is at least 1,000 pounds and car hire companies are expensive for insurance. You can get for as little as a pound a day with independent insurance that covers the excess but you do need a UK licence. I renewed mine online, they already use my passport photo which suprised me and only took 2 days to arrive

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Bloody ell here we go again, you can drive in Uk on a 5 year Thai DL up to 1 year just let the hire company know your DL is a Thai DL.

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I have recently rented cars in the UK both from Avis and Enterprise using my 2 year Thai license. I experienced no problems at all, except I had to use our years instead of the Thai years on the Thai license (I mean the valid from to dates). Regarding the excess again I had no problem when I said that I wanted to pay the insurance with the minimum excess. Incidentally I still have a valid UK license which one of the check in people saw and asked me why I was using my Thai one instead, I said because there are too many speed cameras and traps now, so if they want to send me a speeding ticket they can send it to Thailand. He laughed  and that was it, no problems!

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I rented a car on my Malaysian licence from Heathrow. I have a valid UK one as well. I tried both and 35% less on Malaysian license (same excess). Go figure that!

 

For excess cover I use private insurance that is super cheap. The car hire companies insurance works out as 1-3rd of cost of excess so you can also "self insure" by saving that each trip. Hired in London 20  times never a scratch.

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You can use your full Thai licence that has English on it.

Please note, if you use a 3rd party to insure your excess when hiring a car this is no longer possible if you are resident overseas. I can't find out why this has happened. Hope the info helps

 

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