Updated as of 23 August:
The UK has been added to the ‘Green Card Free Circulation area’. Here’s what this means for couriers and hauliers on the Exchange.
Before this recent change, drivers quoting on Euro Loads on the platform had to ensure they had a Green Card to prove their coverage when driving in Europe. However, the European Commission has decided to annul this requirement which means UK drivers travelling into the EU no longer have to present a green card when driving on the continent.
The Council of Bureaux recommends carrying a Green Card until 2nd September 2021, to allow all local enforcement agencies to get up to date with the new rules. If you’re travelling before 2nd September 2021, we recommend still carrying a Green Card. Any travel after 2nd September won’t require a Green Card.
For more information visit our SPOT article.
Green Card information before update:
- What’s a green card and why do I need one?
- Which countries require a green card?
- How long are green cards valid?
- How do I get a green card?
- What happens if I drive into the EU without a green card?
What’s a green card and why do I need one?
A green card is an international certificate that proves you have adequate vehicle insurance when moving your loads across the border into the EU. Your insurance provider can issue you with this certificate that includes your licence and registration number.
If you currently have comprehensive or third-party fire and theft insurance in the UK, it may not be enough when entering the EU, so please check with your insurer before heading abroad.
Which countries require a green card?
You must have a copy of your green card with you when moving loads anywhere in:
- The European Union
- All countries within the EEA, including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Serbia
- Northern Ireland
How long are green cards valid?
Anywhere between 15-90 days. Your policy booklet should inform you of the nitty-gritty and how you're covered to drive on a single trip abroad. But if you frequently travel to the EU/EEA, make your insurance provider is aware of this when applying for one so they can extend your green card's validity.
How do I get a green card?
Contact your insurer to get one for your vehicle. Please keep in mind that it could take up to six weeks to arrive by post. Some providers can send it via email. In this case, you can download and print it.
Situations where you’ll need to carry extra green cards:
- If you have two insurance policies covering your trip (you’ll need one card per policy)
- If you have multi-car or fleet insurance (you’ll need one card for each vehicle in your fleet that’s on your policy)
What happens if I drive into the EU without a green card?
You may be:
- Breaking the law
- Refused entry into the European country
- At risk of receiving a fine
- At risk of having your vehicle seized