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Q.After the close down of Medical facilities/ Pharmacy, at Sennelager, will there be transport available for entitled personnel to the Bielefeld Medical Centre for Med appointments and collection of repeat medical prescriptions?
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When the MRS Sennelager closes on 31 July 2019, the TSU will maintain an ATS service for patients to get from Paderborn / Sennelager area to Bielefeld.  Depending on numbers of people travelling, it may continue as an on call service, but if larger numbers dictate, it may become a scheduled service.

Q.Considering the EU notice to stakeholders issued 19/1/18 on the Field of Road Transport. It states that UK driving licences will no longer be recognised by Union members after withdrawal, but is regulated by member states. What if anything do we have in BFG to alleviate any possible issues?
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I would like to start by highlighting that the status of members in the BFG Community is granted under the Status of Forces Agreement  and not the UK’s membership in the European Union (EU). This Agreement will remain unchanged following our departure from the EU.

The SOFA and Supplementary Agreement permit members of the force, members of the civilian component and dependents to drive in Germany on the basis of their UK driving licences.  A consequence of leaving the EU is that it may be necessary in the future to issue an additional permit.  However, this is an administrative process and would not, for example, involve taking a practical driving test.

Q.Why isn't there an option for wives to learn to drive through the army?
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I along with a lot of other wives would find this very beneficial and I for one can only get back to the UK to do a uk driving test/lessons for 2 weeks out of the year. Can this be thought about please as many wIves would really benefit from it and to also make us more independent when husbands are away. I have no one to rely on when my husband isn't here so learning to drive again would be very beneficial. - Name and Address Supplied.
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Since the revision of the Supplementary Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement in 1993, the Sending States Forces are not been permitted to issue their own national driving licences to dependents.

Q.I would like to ask why the German no claims is not recognised by the UK insurance industry?
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It seems unfair that soldiers and their families are penalised for being posted in Germany, especially if they have been here a long time. I understand that the Relocation Move monies are supposed to help with these kinds of costs and it's personal choice when it comes to insurance but it only goes so far. Surely this kind of prejudcie is against the Armed Forces Covanant? - Susie Asimba
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Not all German insurance companies use a no-claims system for calculating premiums in the way that we are familiar with in the UK.  As a result, UK insurers are sometimes reluctant to give a no-claims discount based a period of insurance cover with a German insurer. The choice of insurance company is down to an individual’s own personal preference; however, it is possible to find UK-based companies that will insure a BFG registered vehicle and maintain an individual’s no-claims history.

Q.I presume there going to be a date set for final registering and de-registering of BFG cars in 2019 if so when will this be announced?
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Also last date of BFG tests of older cars (3yrs)? I have come up with a local VGI (very good idea) to cover those cars where BFG runs out, prior to them departing but after closure of : BFG test centres. Closure date set, all those with a BFG test requirement after this date, brought forward, re-tested, which would solve issue through to Mar 2020. – Keith Fisher
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Ideas for vehicle roadworthiness testing have been put forward as part of Op OWL work which details how we rebase from Germany.

Q.On posting back to the UK, why do we not have the option to pay our UK road tax by direct debit, as offered to U.K. residents?
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Surely this is against the spirit of the Military Covenant? – Name and Address Supplied
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I have looked into this but regretfully we are unable to offer this service in Germany. 

Q.I recently deregistered my BFG registered car. I had to take out UK car insurance for the day of my deregistration despite being insured with a German insurance company. The German insurance company insisted this was not necessary as I was insured with them. I had to take out the UK insurance anyway under BFG VLO instructions. The point of the question is to seek clarification that I was legally insured, with my German insurance company, to drive back to the UK the day after the deregistration?
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- Name and Address Supplied.
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Without knowing the details of your individual circumstances it is difficult to be specific with my answer but I can confirm that it is perfectly legal to travel back to UK with a vehicle insured through a German insurance company.

However, an individual registering a vehicle with the DVLA must have UK insurance.  DVLA has allowed BFG to remote register vehicles as they return to the UK and we must follow their insurance regulations as a part of that process.  An individual may choose to leave BFG without using the BFG Vehicle Licensing Office to register with the DVLA but if they do not have UK insurance when they attempt to register at a later date, they will be refused.

There is no requirement for UK insurance when deregistering a vehicle in BFG; the need arises when the vehicle is then subsequently registered with the DVLA.