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Old 04-20-2015, 03:35 PM   #1
MmmTabasco
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Default Practicality of left hand drive in the UK

Later this year I'll be moving to London from the United States and I'm weighing the idea of bringing my car with me.

I've done a lot of research on this and I know that it will be easy to pass inspection, barring a few minor tweaks such as the angle of the headlights. And most of my research has suggested that there shouldn't be any practical barriers to driving a left hand drive car there. For example there are only a handful of toll booths around and most of them are for minor bridges I would never encounter anyway.

But is there something I'm forgetting here? Some overlooked issue that will make driving left hand drive a pain in the ass? I am already aware of how it changes overtaking...

Note: The car will NOT be daily driven... it will be used mostly for exploration and jaunts into the countryside, etc.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:41 AM   #2
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As far as driving a lhd over here, it's not terrible. You will need to have a light conversion done...or make sure that you meet all of the requirements. Then it's a matter of getting the SVA done which counts as your initial inspection.

Depending on where you're going to be living in London, there is an area deemed a congestion area and you need to pay a toll to drive there. There is no getting around that...so look up where the area is and see if it'll apply to you.

Toll roads aren't terrible around here. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:40 AM   #3
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Default Practicality of left hand drive in the UK

Thanks, Splink!

This about quells my fears. But from what I've read the "congestion toll" in London doesn't use an actual toll booth, correct? It's more like an automatic license plate reader? (Or what we call EZPass in the States). So that shouldn't be effected by LHD, no?

And a headlight conversion is easy. It looks like the only real problem will be the occasional drive-through window... Heh
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