Brexit Green Card update URGENT ACTION REQUIRED
Following a Summer of political turmoil, it remains a possibility that the United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on the 31st October 2019 without a transition agreement in place.
Written by Paul Brown on 25th September 2019
A "no-deal Brexit” will mean that, as was the case prior to the UK membership of the EU, drivers will need to carry a physical document, known as a Green Card, to drive a vehicle in any EU country (including Republic of Ireland), plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Andorra or Liechtenstein from 31st October 2019.
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is issued by your motor insurer and has information about your vehicle such as its registration number and demonstrates that you have the necessary minimum motor insurance cover in force. Drivers are required to physically carry the Green Card with them whilst driving.
Failure to comply with these regulations could result in you being accused of driving without insurance and you may be fined, prosecuted or your vehicle seized.
If you intend to drive in any EU country (including Republic of Ireland), Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Andorra or Liechtenstein on or around the 31st October, or any time after that, you will need to call us on 01332 545720 as soon as possible before your departure to make sure you receive your Green Card on time.
We also need to draw your attention to the fact that all commercial trailers over 750kg and all other trailers over 3,500kg must be registered before travel, so they can be taken through some EU/EEA countries. A separate Green Card will be issued for those trailers in addition to the towing vehicle.
If you are not planning on driving in the EU, then there is nothing for you to do. Also, this does not affect you if you hire a car locally in one of the above countries.
If the UK does secure a withdrawal agreement before the Brexit deadline, it is likely that you can continue to drive in the EU without a Green Card.