There was some good news recently for the UK motorist. It was announced that drivers of UK-registered vehicles will soon no longer need a Green Card to evidence they have valid motor insurance when driving in the EU.

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is an International Motor Insurance Certificate which evidences that your current insurance policy provides the necessary minimum level of cover for driving in the EU country you are travelling to or through.

The requirement to have a Green Card has been in place for all motorists since 1st January 2021, following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Until the rules officially change, motorists who fail to carry a Green Card when required will risk having their vehicle seized and could even face prosecution.

The announcement means those driving UK-registered vehicles in the EU will benefit from an exemption allowing motor vehicles to travel freely between other EU countries without the need for a Green Card.

The decision is good news for Brits who take their car to the EU and especially good news for motorists in Northern Ireland who frequently travel to the Republic of Ireland. 

Huw Evans, director general at the Association of British Insurers said it was “excellent news” and would “help reduce bureaucracy for drivers and road hauliers travelling between the UK and EU”.

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association added: “In pre-Covid times, 2.6 million UK motorists including commercial vehicles and private cars would travel to the EU so this is welcome news.”

What happens next?

The exact date for the change to take place has not yet been confirmed and until it is, anyone taking their car to Europe will still need to contact their insurer to get a Green Card before they head off abroad. Find out more about driving in Europe

While options remain limited for holidaying overseas, if you do decide to drive abroad, there’s plenty to consider, even if you don’t need a Green Card. To start getting prepared see our guide on tips to stay safe and calm on foreign roads.

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