UK and French driving licences the ‘most powerful’

UK and French driving licences are the world’s most powerful, according to recent research. has made it easy for drivers to find out how their licence holds up in 21 popular countries.

With their native licence UK drivers are able to take to the roads in Sweden, Italy and Spain, without having to jump through any further regulatory hoops.

A British licence is also valid for 12 months in Finland, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Any Brits wanting to use their licence for longer will have to exchange it but can do so without undergoing any test.

German driving licences are almost as powerful and are the third most accepted around the world, according to the research. They are followed by those held by motorists in Sweden, then Belgium, Finland, Italy and Spain.

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