Brexit Update: Green Cards

It is still possible that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the 31st October 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement (also known as “No Deal Brexit”). In the event of a No Deal Brexit, UK Motor Insurance Customers driving in the European Economic Area, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland will need physical proof of motor insurance when they travel, commonly known as a Green Card. This will provide evidence that you have the minimum compulsory insurance required by law to drive in the visited country.

If you are planning a trip to the EEA and the other listed countries, then you will need to contact us 10 days before your trip to ensure that you can obtain the Green Card before you leave. In order to obtain a Green Card we will require the following information:

  • Your Policy Number
  • Confirmation of the Vehicle Make, Model and Registration you will be driving
  • The dates you plan to drive your vehicle outside of the UK
  • Names and ages of all drivers you would like covered
  • The countries you intend to drive in
  • Registration and/or Chassis Number, Make and Model of anything you intend to tow (e.g. a trailer or caravan)

All commercial trailers weighing over 750kg and non-commercial trailers weighing over 3,500kg must be registered with the DVLA before travel to or through most EU and EEA countries and a separate Green Card will be required for these.

Drivers with a UK Driving Licence travelling in the EU and EEA Countries may also need to obtain an IDP (International Driving Permit).

Once you have requested a Green Card, we will organise for it to be posted to your address in time for your trip. We can also e-mail you a copy of the Green Card in PDF format, however, you will be required to print the Green Card double sided on Green Paper. Currently, you are not able to use a digital copy in the EEA or the EU.

Whatever the Brexit outcome, we will continue to update you with further information and/or actions that you may need to take that are relevant to your policies as soon as possible.

Please contact our office on 01323 410433 or e-mail if you have any further questions relating to the Green Card!

By Robert Whippy, Personal Manager

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