Motorists crossing Border urged to seek Green Cards ahead of Brexit
Drivers crossing into Northern Ireland without correct documentation risk fines
“If there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit, then Green Cards will be required under UK and European law. Anyone who may need to drive in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK in the days following Brexit should not take a chance, they should apply for one now.” File photograph: Getty
Motorists from the Republic who plan to drive across the Border have been urged to apply for a so-called Green Card this week or risk penalties for driving without insurance.
Policyholders who may be affected and have not already received a Green Card are encouraged to contact their insurance providers this week to ensure they receive their documentation before the new presumed Brexit date of April 12th.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) said people who expect to drive in Northern Ireland or other parts of the UK but not immediately after Brexit are advised to contact their insurance provider one month in advance of their journey.
MIBI chief executive David Fitzgerald said there is still time to get a Green Card ahead of Brexit.
“We would encourage anyone who needs one to contact their insurance provider this week if they have not already done so, or if they have yet to receive a communication from their insurer on this matter,” he said.
Proof of insurance
Green Cards are internationally recognised insurance documents which provide proof of insurance cover to law enforcement agencies.
“If there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit, then Green Cards will be required under UK and European law. Anyone who may need to drive in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK in the days following Brexit should not take a chance, they should apply for one now,” he said.
Mr Fitzgerald said he hoped a deal will be reached between the UK and the EU, removing the need for Green Cards.
“However, given the continued uncertainty, we would encourage anyone who expects to potentially need a Green Card to apply now,” he said.
Different means for distributing Green Cards have been adopted by the various insurance providers, with some issuing them to all their policyholders.
Policyholders who have not received any communication from their insurance provider on this matter and expect to need a Green Card immediately after Brexit should contact their provider this week.