Ask the Commander - Responses
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.
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.
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.
Ideas for vehicle roadworthiness testing have been put forward as part of Op OWL work which details how we rebase from Germany.
I have looked into this but regretfully we are unable to offer this service in Germany.
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.