BRITs going abroad will find it easier to take their car after the red tape for Brexit has been removed.
The EU has said it will scrap green cards for UK drivers, a requirement introduced since Brexit as proof of proper car insurance.
Holidaymakers who plan to take their car abroad no longer have to do this on their car insurance supplier for the extra paperwork.
It can take up to six weeks to get the green card and some insurers may charge an administration fee.
Without one, British drivers in the EU could be fined and even prosecuted.
The European Commission announced this week that it will eliminate the need for the extra paperwork and there are hopes this will benefit holidaymakers as early as this summer.
What is a green card?
DRIVERS who take their vehicle abroad to an EU country need a green card from their insurer.
The document proves that you have the minimum insurance cover for driving in every EU country.
Most insurers do not charge for this, but you may have to pay a small administrative fee.
You should check with your insurer before traveling and it’s worth doing well in advance – the Association of British Insurers recommends at least a month.
Since January 1, the country is not part of the Green Card Free Circulation Area (GCFCA).
The EU has now said the UK will be part of it again, meaning a green card is no longer necessary.
The rules haven’t changed and drivers still need a green card until they do.
Drivers will still need to have car insurance after the change – as they always do when driving domestically or abroad – and let their insurer know that they are covered abroad.
According to the Motor Insurance Bureau, the decision to scrap green cards for UK drivers will take effect 20 days after publication in the EU’s Official Journal.
There is no date for publication yet, but the insurance industry is hopeful that this will happen soon and has welcomed the change.
Huw Evans, director-general of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said: “British drivers will no longer have to apply for a green card through their insurer, which will help cut red tape for drivers and road hauliers traveling between the UK and travel the EU.”
Drivers traveling between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will probably benefit the most as it is a relatively common journey traveling across the border.
Clare Egan, chief motorcycle product at insurance company Admiral, said it should make things “a little less complicated for Brits still hoping for a getaway this year”.
She added: “The rules have not yet come into effect and until the EU has fully implemented the change, anyone bringing their car to Europe will still need to get a green card from their insurer before going abroad to countries that are part of the Green Card system.
“This includes the Republic of Ireland, all other EU countries and non-EU countries; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia or Andorra.”
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