Millions of motorists are unaware of no-deal Brexit motor insurance Green Card requirement

  • More than half of motorists do not realise they must carry a motor insurance Green Card if we leave without a deal
  • 49% UK adults believe it will be legally necessary to have European Breakdown cover if they are taking their car to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit
  • Only a third of respondents had heard of a motor insurance Green Card and just 37% knew they need to obtain one

Populus research commissioned by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Association of British Insurers warned:

  • More than half (55%) do not realise they must carry a motor insurance Green Card if we leave without a deal
  • 49% UK adults believe it will be legally necessary to have European Breakdown cover if they are taking their car to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit
  • Only a third of respondents had heard of a motor insurance Green Card and just 37% knew they need to obtain one
  • 20% failed to identify that they will need a valid driving licence to legally drive to the EU following a No deal Brexit

What this means for you and your fleet managers

In the event of a “no deal”, from the 11pm on 31 December 2020, the carrying of a physical Green Cards will be a legal requirement for anyone driving in the EU or EEA under a UK motor insurance policy. If you tow a trailer or caravan, you would also require a separate Green Card for that. Green Cards would also be required to drive into the Republic of Ireland.

We’ve developed an easy to use Green Card Portal to enable you, fleet managers and drivers to request Green Cards directly. You can access the portal here.

Green Cards requested through the portal can be:

  • Emailed directly to you, fleet managers or drivers to print locally.
    (Recent changes to regulations mean it’s no longer a requirement to print on green paper)
  • Posted directly to you, fleet managers or drivers, but please allow 15 days for it to arrive.
  • A “bulk upload” facility allows brokers or larger fleet customers to upload a single file of up to 200 individual vehicles or trailers. All requested using this facility will be posted, so allow 15 days for delivery.

If you have any questions or want to know more, you’ll find Q&As on the website at zurich.co.uk/brexit, or speak to your usual contact at Zurich.