Written by: Griffiths & Armour on: 02 Aug 2021

UK drivers no longer need insurance ‘green card’ in EU

UK Drivers No Longer Need Insurance 'Green Card' in EU | Griffiths & Armour

After Brexit, UK motorists have been required to obtain and carry a physical ‘green card’ as proof of third-party motor insurance cover when driving in the European Economic Area. Following a review of this directive, The European Union have announced that it is waiving this obligation for drivers from the UK entering the EU. Therefore, UK drivers will no longer be required to carry insurance green cards when taking their vehicles to EU countries.

This will come into effect from 2 August 2021.

Why was a green card required?

A green card is an internationally recognised document which demonstrates to law enforcement agencies that valid motor insurance is in place. Following Brexit at the beginning of 2021 and up to 2 August 2021, all UK-registered vehicles are legally required to carry a green card.

In particular, the green card directive has been an issue on the island of Ireland, with vehicles from Northern Ireland being required to have a green card to cross the border and enter the Republic of Ireland (as well as any other EU country). The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) has engaged extensively with the EU on the subject.

Huw Evans of the Association of British Insurers said:

“This is excellent news. UK drivers will no longer need to apply for a green card through their insurer, which will help reduce bureaucracy for drivers and road hauliers travelling between the UK and EU. It will be especially welcomed by motorists in Northern Ireland driving across the border to the Republic of Ireland.”

If you are a Griffiths & Armour client and have questions regarding any insurance obligations ahead of your trip to the EU please get in touch with your usual point of contact or message our team below who will respond to you directly.