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European Hire

Abacus specialises in supplying modern compliant vehicles for travel into Europe.

Please note the following points should you consider booking a vehicle to take abroad:

• The hirer is responsible for researching and adhering to COVID-19 UK and European travel restrictions

• The hirer is responsible for any fines, penalties or losses incurred for failing to adhere to COVID-19 regulations within the UK or Europe

• The hirer is responsible for the full hire costs until the vehicle is returned to our depot

With our written consent, our vehicles are permitted to travel through the following European countries:

Austria Italy
Belgium Liechenstein
Croatia Luxembourg
Cyprus Malta
Czech Republic Netherlands
Denmark Norway
Finland Poland
France Portugal
Germany Slovakia
Greece Slovenia
Holland Spain
Hungary Sweden
Ireland (Southern) Switzerland

Our pricing structure includes:

  • Breakdown Cover
  • Green Card
  • Hire Charges
  • Insurance
  • Mileage
  • VE103B form

Taking an Abacus Vehicle abroad without our written consent or taking an Abacus Vehicle into any countries not listed above will result in:

• A breach of contract

• Invalid Insurance

• Lose of breakdown cover

• The vehicle being reported stolen

• Extra charges

European Travel Kits

We can also supply European Travel Kits which include the following. Extra items can be purchased individually in our depot.

Accident Form GB Sticker
Bulbs Headlight Adjusters
Carry Bag High Viz Vest
First Aid Kit Warning Triangle

Do Your Homework

Abacus are not an authority on driving in the EU and cannot be held responsible for any fines or penalties imposed, so it is the Hirer’s responsibility to check what extra paperwork, documentation and equipment is required to drive through each country as they may differ from one to the other. For example in France it is compulsory to carry one Warning Triangle and one High Visibility Vest whereas in Spain it is compulsory to carry a High Visibility Vest for each person in the vehicle and two Warning Triangles.

If you’re heading across to Europe on a skiing trip, check the following links for tyre requirements as in some countries snow tyres are compulsory. We can fit snow tyres to our vehicles on request and with enough notice but there is a charge for this service.

France has recently introduced the vehicle specific CRIT’Air Clean Air Sticker which should be displayed on your vehicle if you drive through Paris, Lyon or Grenoble. Abacus can apply for the sticker on your behalf but must be given at least 7 days notice. Please give us a call if you think this may apply to you.

Further Help and Advice

The following websites may help you with country specific requirements, equipment and advise, but ultimately it is up to you to choose where you gain the information required:

The RAC – Driving in Europe -

The AA - Essential advice for driving abroad -

French Air Quality Certificate Service -

Transporting goods in Europe in Vans or Cars and Trailers from 21 May 2022

From 21 May 2022, you’ll need a standard international goods vehicle operator licence to transport goods for hire or reward in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

This will apply to you if you’re based in England, Scotland or Wales and use:

  • vans with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) over 2,500kg (2.5 tonnes) and up to and including 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes)
  • vans towing a trailer with a gross train weight (GTW) over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
  • cars towing a trailer with a GTW over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes

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