UK Driver’s Licence and Highway Code

Posted on August 8, 2005 in

I finally put in my application for a UK Driver’s License at the DVLA in Maidstone today.

I’ve been here for just under a year and I’m only allowed to use my Zimbabwean Licence for a period of 1 year, after that I have to have a valid UK driver’s licence. I was quite pleased that I only had to wait about 20 minutes in the queue, they have a pretty good ticketing system which means that everyone waits their turn in an orderly manner. Back home it would have been a rugby scrum. Another bonus was was that I didn’t have to hand in my passport as I was expecting to, this is because my British Passport was issued in the UK (I had to renew it shortly after arriving here as I didn’t have a machine readable passport (MRP) which is required when travelling to the US). I expect to receive my licence within about 2-3 weeks.

Having come from a country and region where the highway and road systems are a lot less complex than in the UK, I decided I would also purchase a copy of the Highway Code. It’s a useful 100 page booklet and it only costs GBP1.49. You can order it online here. Key features:

  • The latest guidance on correct road usage
  • Written in a clear, easy to understand style
  • Updated to cover recent changes in legislations - including regulations on the use of mobile phones
  • Illustrated throughout with helpful and simple graphics

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