The EU has scrapped the perplexing vehicle insurance green cards, giving Britain a post-Brexit bonus.
In a big triumph for post-Brexit Britain, drivers will no longer need to apply for a vehicle insurance green card when traveling to EU countries.
It means that the United Kingdom will join a Green Card free circulation zone, reverting to the UK’s prior rules. These extravagances came to an end on December 31, 2020, when the Brexit transition period came to a conclusion.
However, in order to minimize tensions surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol, complicated Brexit paperwork has been eliminated.
Because automobiles traveling from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland require the cars, the cards have caused considerable controversy in Ireland.
However, when limitations began to lift, the green cards were expected to generate travel mayhem for vehicles trying to cross the continent.
The change, according to Claire Egan, Head of Motor Product at Admiral, is “welcome” and will make things “less confusing” for those planning to get away this summer.
“It’s fantastic to see that the European Commission has agreed to remove the requirement for motorists to present a Green Card as proof of having the bare minimum of insurance while driving their car abroad,” she said.
“Although the decision has yet to take effect, it is a positive reform that will hopefully be approved by the European Union soon, making things a bit easier for Brits who still want to get away this year but would prefer to drive to Europe rather than fly.
The Association of British Insurers’ Director General, Huw Evans, called the update “great news.”
“We have long pushed for the UK to join the Green Card Free Circulation Zone, and we heartily welcome the European Commission’s decision today,” he continued.
“In this case, the Commission has chosen a realistic approach.
“UK drivers will no longer be required to apply for a green card through their insurance, reducing paperwork for drivers and road hauliers traveling between the UK and the EU.
“Motorists in Northern Ireland crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland will really appreciate it.”
Due to the large number of excursions across the two borders, the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland had pushed back against the cards.
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