UK applies brakes on driving licence to failed asylum seekers

People allowed to stay for 185 days or more eligible for test

26 March 2010: The UK government is all set to apply brakes on the process of granting driving licence to failed asylum seekers, given temporary leave to remain in the UK.
According to the new government rules, they will not be able to apply for driving licences.

Elaborating on the stand, the Department for Transport says people granted permission to stay in the country for 185 days or more will now be eligible to take a test. The change applies to people from outside the European Economic Area and does not affect those from within it.

Terming it as “right policy”, Transport Minister Paul Clark said the rule change has been implemented under existing law. As such, approval by the Parliament or debate by the MPs is not required

In a written statement to the House of Commons, Clark said as a preliminary measure, he was informing the House that those applying for a provisional as well as full driving licence will have to demonstrate that they are lawfully resident in the UK, not simply lawfully present, in order to qualify for a driving licence.

Those present in the UK on temporary permission or temporary release under the Immigration Act 1971 will not be considered eligible for a driving licence.

Those granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for at least 185 days will continue to be able to apply for a licence whilst their leave is extant, provided they otherwise qualify.

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