Driving In The UK


Driver Safety

Your safety is always our priority. Our vehicles are systematically maintained and checked to meet and even exceed industry standards. Our breakdown and recovery teams are just one call away and will personally respond to you in any emergency. We can advise you all manner of driver related issues such as toll charges and emissions, the latest driver laws and legislation. Please see our downloads and news section for some of the resources we have developed to keep you informed about driver related issues.

Non UK licence holders living in the UK

If you hold a non UK licence but have lived in the UK for over 12 months you will need to obtain a UK licence before you can hire from us.

Driver restrictions

All drivers (including any additional drivers) must have held, and be in possession of, a full valid UK driving licence. Drivers aged 23 – 25 need to have held their licence for 24 months and over 25s for 12 months. There are strict guidelines on car and van hire. Please ensure that you are of the appropriate age and have the relevant classifications before booking your vehicle. There are circumstances when we can make exceptions, such as if you use your own insurance, call us to see if you qualify. 

  • Minimum age for car rental is 25.
  • Minimum age for van (under 3.5t) rental is 23.
  • Minimum age for van rental over 3.5t is 25.
  • Minimum age for 9, 12 and 17 seat minibuses is 25
  • Maximum age for rentals on all vehicles is 70.
  • A standard licence allows you to drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes.
  • To drive a 17 seat minibus you must hold a CAT D1.
  • To drive an LGV over 3.5 tonnes you must hold the relevant class of licence.
  • We accept licences with a maximum of 6 penalty points. This can vary depending on the endorsement code and driver status. There are some codes that will prevent you from hiring from Arrow Self Drive. If you have any more than 6 points for speeding on your licence please contact your local depot to check if you are eligible to hire. As part of the rental process we are obliged to check all licences through the DVLA website. If you are unsure about anything we advise that you contact us for guidance.