Can I drive in UK on Indian DL

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Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

I was in UK on ICT Short Term Staff Visa from Aug'16 till Aug'17. I started driving Rental Cars in UK from Jan'17 untill Aug'17. As my visa expired I went back to India in Aug'17 and came back on ICT Long Term Visa in Oct'17.

Please can you let me know, am I resident in UK from Oct'17 as per my new Visa? and able to drive in UK on my Indian DL untill Oct'18?

Yours faithfully,
AJ

DVLA Contact Centre, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Dear Mr. Mood,

Thank you for your enquiry received on 1/12/2017.
Your case reference number is 00385234.

I appreciate you contacting DVLA to seek clarification on the matter. 

When determining your status as a resident or a visitor, you may like to
bear in mind that legal precedents have determined that ‘temporarily
visiting’ indicates presence in this country for casual purposes as
opposed to the regular habits of life.  

Because neither visitor nor resident is defined in driver licensing
legislation you should seek your own legal advice if you need further help
determining your status. 

The ultimate decision is down to the individual concerned and they must be
prepared to justify their status if challenged.  

You can drive cars and motorcycles shown on your driving licence for up to
12 months from when you last entered GB (as long as the driving licence
remains valid). 

If you also hold valid lorry and bus entitlement you can only drive these
vehicles if they have been registered outside of GB and temporarily
imported.
 
In order to apply for a GB driving licence you must be resident in GB.  

This requirement is implemented by virtue of Section 89 of the Road
Traffic Act 1988 as amended.  A copy of the Road Traffic Act 1988 may be
viewed on the website of the Office of Public Sector
Information: [1]www.legislation.gov.uk

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