After the requirement for extra Brexit-related paperwork was abolished, millions of UK motorists will no longer be required to obtain an insurance “green card” before transporting their car to EU countries.
When the European Commission stated that it had abolished the obligation, it also revealed a slew of additional concessions aimed at easing tensions surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol’s implementation.
When visiting another EU country, including the Republic of Ireland, drivers of UK-registered vehicles, including those from Northern Ireland, are obliged to possess a green card.
A green card is an internationally recognized document that shows law enforcement agencies that you have proper automobile insurance. They can last up to 90 days in most cases. Before traveling to the EU in their own vehicle, drivers were warned that they would need to apply for one.
Prior to the Covid-19 epidemic, the UK made an estimated 12.6 million visits to EU countries each year via seaports and the Channel tunnel.
Motorists traveling this month will not be exempt from the need because the regulation change will take effect 20 days after it is published in the Official Journal, which should happen in the coming days.
The ruling was hailed by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) as “great news for drivers.” Huw Evans, the commission’s director-general, said the panel had adopted a “pragmatic approach to the situation.”
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) had pushed hard against the cards, citing the island’s 43 million annual cross-border trips. Its CEO, David Fitzgerald, claimed the company had been in constant contact with EU officials to raise awareness of the danger presented by the cards.