Told to take French test after licence delays

Reader Maggie Flint is unable to drive

Reader Maggie Flint has spoken of the stress of applying to swap her British driving licence for a French one four months before it was due to expire – and then being told to take a test as her licence had expired due to a backlog.

Mrs Flint, from Charente, applied in March as her UK licence was due to reach the end of its validity when she turned 70 last July.

She was unaware of the delays that have hit the CERT licence exchange centre at Nantes prefecture, which have left many people waiting for more than a year.

Mrs Flint applied by post, as required, with a recorded delivery letter, which has been the usual system since 2017, when all exchange applications were centralised at Nantes.

Since then, long backlogs have occurred as demand was greater than expected and staff struggled to cope.

She had still not received the attestation de dépôt letter from CERT when Connexion spoke to her in November.

That is the first step before the driver sends off the UK licence so ...

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