• Green card insurance waived for UK drivers in EU

  • The haulage industry has welcomed news from the European Commission that they are waiving the obligation for UK drivers in the EU to carry a green card as proof of insurance cover abroad. The requirement was introduced during the Brexit transition period and created an extra burden of paperwork for hauliers and insurers.

    The move includes drivers from Northern Ireland crossing the border to the Republic of Ireland.

    RHA Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, John Martin said: “This is a relief for our members who carry goods internationally especially those crossing the Irish border. We have long lobbied for this waiver which will reduce some unwanted bureaucracy.”

    What is a green card?

    A green card is used as proof that a vehicle has adequate insurance cover when driven abroad. They are vehicle specific and non-transferrable. When the requirement was announced late in Brexit transition negotiations that UK drivers would have to carry one in the EU, hauliers had to allow up to 6 weeks to receive one from their insurer.

    How the news affects car drivers

    The Government has confirmed that motorists are exempt from carrying green cards in the following countries:

    “You do not need to carry a green card when you drive in the EU (including Ireland), Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland.

    “You may need to carry a green card to drive in other countries, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine.

    “If you’re driving in the rest of the world, you may need to carry a green card to prove you have the minimum insurance cover required by the country you’re driving in. This includes Iran, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia.

    “Check the travel advice for the country you’re going to.”