Leaving the EU has brought significant changes for UK residents, especially for drivers. For example, did you know that as of January 1st you need a Green Card to drive your car, commercial vehicle or truck in the European Union and the wider European Economic Area?
Post-Brexit any UK resident with UK motor insurance cover must have a Green Card to prove they have adequate protection. If you don’t have one you may be accused of driving without insurance and could be subject to a fine, having your vehicle seized and prosecution.
To help you stay on the right side of the law while on the right side of the road, here’s Coversure’s guide to EU Green Cards. We hope you’ll find it helpful, but if you would like some more advice then please contact your local Coversure office.
Who Needs One?
Post-Brexit any UK resident with UK motor insurance cover must have a Green Card to prove they have adequate protection. Whether you’re using a private car, a fleet or company vehicle, a commercial vehicle, a lorry or truck, you will need to have one while driving in the EU or the EEA.
How Can You Get An EU Green Card?
Simply contact your local Coversure office and they will be happy to help you. The more notice you can give the better so as soon as you know you have a trip coming up, give them a call.
Can I Carry A Digital Copy, Say On My Phone?
No, you must carry a physical copy of your Green Card as electronic versions are not acceptable.
I Have A Fleet Policy, Do I need More Than One Green Card?
Yes, if you have a fleet or multi-car insurance policy then you will need one card for each vehicle you’re travelling with in the EU or EEA. You will also need additional ones if you are towing a caravan or a trailer. In some countries you’ll need separate trailer policy too, and if your cover will be renewed while you are away you’ll need a card for each policy.
When Will I Need It?
You will need to show green cards if you are involved in an accident. You may also need to show green cards at police checks and at the border when entering the EU/EEA or moving between EU/EEA countries, this will depend on the border authorities of each country.
What Happens If I Don’t Have One?
If you are not carrying a Green Card when it is required, then you will not be able to drive legally in an EU member state. If you do attempt to drive in the EU without holding a Green Card, you may be accused of driving without insurance and could be subject to a fine, having your vehicle seized or prosecution.
International Driving Permit
International Driving Permits may also be required when driving in some European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EAA) Countries. We recommend you check the government’s advice on driving in the EU before setting off.