As we hurtle towards the Brexit deadline date, Stockport based C&C Insurance Brokers are urging people to check that they have adequate paperwork and cover prior to travelling in Europe.
One of the implications of a no deal Brexit is that UK drivers will not be permitted to drive in countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) without evidence that they have adequate insurance in place. This will be in the form of a Green Card and must be carried at all times whilst driving in the EEA.
It will also be compulsory to have a separate Green Card for any trailers.
Recent research carried out by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Association of British Insurers found that more than half of the people interviewed didn’t realise that they must carry a Green Card if we leave the EU without a deal. Populus asked 2,000 adults in the UK what they believed they legally required to drive in the EU after 31st October (source: You Talk-Insurance.com), and more believed that you had to have breakdown cover than a Green Card!
Drivers travelling in an EEA country after 31st October without a Green Card may be breaking the law and could face a fine or seizure of your vehicle.
Drivers should contact their insurance broker or company in good time, if they intend to travel in the EEA, to ensure the timely issue of a Green Card to you.
Drivers may also require an International Driving Permit (IDP).
If you are travelling in the EEA, you should also ensure that you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) AND adequate travel insurance. The EHIC may become invalid in the event of a ‘No Deal Brexit’, which makes it more important to check that you have adequate travel insurance in place and have declared all pre-existing medical conditions.
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