Driving After Brexit – The Return of the Green Card | Wilson Organisation


November 4, 2020

Driving After Brexit – The Return of the Green Card

Driving After Brexit – The Return of the Green Card

As a consequence of leaving the European Union (EU), the UK entered a transition period which ends on 31 December 2020. In the event there is no agreement on the future relationship between the UK and EU, it is likely there will be a legal requirement to carry a physical document known as a Green Card when driving in Europe.

All UK motor insurance providers will continue to provide the legal minimum motor insurance cover for travel to EEA countries.  However, you will need to carry a physical ‘Green Card’ to prove you have the insurance cover in place.

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is essentially an international insurance certificate that proves your policy provides minimum cover when driving within the EEA. The entire Green Card scheme allows vehicles to move freely across the borders of all 48 subscribing countries and ensures that when a visiting vehicle causes damage, there is easy access to compensation in the victim’s home country.

I have a commercial fleet policy, does this affect me too?

This will apply to any motor vehicle and to all forms of motor insurance – including commercial and motor fleet policies.   The Green Card is required to specify the licence plate number of each individual vehicle and identify any trailers or towed vehicles. In some EU member states, a separate Green Card is needed for each trailer. Your insurer will be able to advise you on the exact requirements for the countries you plan to visit.

How do I get a Green Card?

You’ll need to contact your insurer at least a month beforehand to get a Green Card. These are usually free, but some insurers may charge a small administrative fee.   A Green Card will automatically provide you with a guarantee of insurance for a minimum of 15 days. Insurers can also specify that it covers a longer period if this is required. If you have a ‘fully comprehensive’ insurance policy, you will need to check what aspects apply while you are driving abroad. Some insurers will allow you to purchase additional cover if required.

What happens if I travel without a Green Card?

If you attempt to drive in the EU without holding a Green Card, you may be accused of driving without insurance and could be subject to a fine, having your vehicle seized or prosecution.   Border authorities may require you to show documents at the border, you may also be subject to police checks while driving abroad and you will also need to present the Green Card at the scene if you are involved in an accident.

Anything else I need to know?

There will be a number of significant changes to driving rules and licensing requirements that take effect on 29 March 2019. You will need to comply with all these requirements under the terms of your motor insurance policy. Also check any specific requirements for all the specific countries you are planning to visit or drive through.

There will be a number of significant changes to driving rules and licensing requirements, you will need to comply with all these requirements under the terms of your motor insurance policy. Also check any specific requirements for all the specific countries you are planning to visit or drive through.

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad details everything you will need to know, so check thoroughly! The Government website euexit.campaign.gov.uk details the wider changes that will affect individuals and businesses.


Should you have any queries or concerns, please contact your usual Account Executive or Account Handler on 0115 9420 111 or by email.

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  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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