The RHA has recently announced that confirmation has been received from the DfT that from the 2nd August 2021, it will no longer be a requirement for UK registered vehicles or trailers, to carry a Green Card insurance document. It is anticipated that the DfT will be updating their guidance shortly.
This change comes about as a consequence of the Commission implementing Decision (EU) (2021/1145) which is a welcomed concession in the UK’s favour.
A green card is an internationally recognised document issued which demonstrates to law enforcement agencies that valid motor insurance is in place. It has nothing to do with health insurance or cover. They typically last for up to 90 days. Drivers had been told that they would need to apply for one before trips to the EU in their own vehicle.
Since leaving the EU, drivers of UK-registered vehicles, including those from Northern Ireland, have been required to carry a Green Card when visiting another EU country, including the Republic of Ireland. From 2 August 2021, this will no longer be required and drivers will need proof the vehicle is insured and a copy of the insurance contract. Until that date though, drivers will still need their Green Card.
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