If you hold a valid driving licence either from your own country or an international licence, you are allowed to drive in Britain for a period of twelve months starting from your date of arrival, provided that your licence is still valid during that period. Before the end of the twelve-month period, you will need to check whether you can exchange your licence for a British licence or whether you will need to take a driving test to continue driving. This depends on your nationality. Some countries have special agreements, further details can be found on the guidance note:
Buying A Car
Before buying a car, you must be aware of the law and the costs involved. Legally your car must be registered, taxed and insured. Cars over three years old must hold a MOT test certificate to prove they are safe to be on the road. You must also consider costs for petrol and repairs. It is illegal to drive over the speed limit and to drive dangerously. There are also very strict laws against driving after drinking alcohol and/or using drugs.