asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why Zimbabwe is one of only two countries in Africa whose driving licences are recognised as valid in the United Kingdom; and whether the standards for the issue of driving licences in Zimbabwe make it appropriate to recognise these licences in the United Kingdom. [HL525]
Providing they hold a full driving licence or driving permit, visitors to this country are able to drive for up to 12 months from the date of entry. A visitor may drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes and with up to eight passenger seats.
The arrangements which allow holders of foreign licences from certain designated countries, such as Zimbabwe, to exchange their licences for the British equivalent are based on statutory provisions. The designation of a country for licence-exchange purposes depends on it having satisfactory arrangements in place for the issue of driving licences; the driving test and licensing procedures must be comparable to those in this country.