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Driving a Car Hire in the UK

Driving in the UK

Before you start your journey with a reliable car hire in the United Kingdom, there are a few things you should know. For example, certain restrictions may apply for taking the rental car onto a ferry. There maybe a different policies regarding extensions and toll roads, as well as renting a car in Ireland. Here is a quick guide to walk you through it.

Extending a booking

If you want to extend your booking and want to keep the vehicle longer, you will need to contact the car rental company directly. You will see their contact information listed on your rental agreement. Remember that extending your rental is subject to availability, and therefore it is the car rental company's decision as to whether you can extend the booking or not. You will also be asked to pay for the additional time you have kept the vehicle.

Read more about extending your rental​.

Toll roads in the UK

In the UK, there are at least 23 toll roads, and 18 of which are river crossings. ​Toll roads are charged on the M6 motorway, some tunnels, bridges and the entrance into central London and Durham. Be aware that each toll and bridge has its own pricing structure, which can vary depending on the location, vehicle type and the time of day that you pass.

Read more about toll roads​.

Driving from UK to Ireland

If you wish to take any UK registered vehicle into, you will be required by law to present form VE103B and an authorisation from the supplier. A Driving Abroad Fee also applies. Please note that this fee includes AA continental cover and can only be purchased at time of rental​.

Read more about taking your UK rental car into Ireland.​

Ferry restrictions

Please note that you will only be allowed to take the vehicle onto a ferry as long as the location/vehicle is allowed in the driving restrictions. Note also that all standard driving restrictions may apply.​

 Important:

When you are driving a rental car in the UK

Make sure that you are fully aware of the UK road rules and laws before you start exploring. Note also that there are important restrictions that apply to your rental car. Always check and read the fine print. To avoid unpleasant surprises, make sure to ask about fees in advance and always double-check the charges at the time of pick-up. Don't forget that there is a congestion charge if you plan t o drive in central London.

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