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Brexit and Green Cards update

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Brexit and Green Cards update

Green Cards are no longer needed for EU driving

As of 2 August 2021, your customers no longer require a Green Card if they’re planning on driving in most European countries (including the Republic of Ireland). 

The European Commission has announced that the UK will be part of the Green Card Free Circulation area, which includes all EU countries as well as Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Norway and Switzerland.

This means if your customer is planning to drive their vehicle in the EU (including to the Republic of Ireland), they no longer need a Green Card to demonstrate they’ve appropriate insurance cover in place. 

However, they may still need a Green Card if they’re travelling outside of the Green Card Free Circulation area and you can still issue them for your customers if they request one. 


How do I issue a Green Card for a LV= Broker Policyholder?
Full details on how to issue a Green Card using our Portal can be found in the LV= Broker Portal user guide. The system is quick and simple to use and allows an electronic version of the Green Card to be produced. This can either be emailed directly to the policyholder for them to print, or printed and posted to them by you.

Following advice from the MIB, it’s been confirmed that printing Green Cards will now be easier:

  • Green Cards can now be printed in black ink on ordinary white paper
  • Green Cards can now be printed either double, or single sided
  • Green Cards can be sent out electronically, although policyholders must print and carry a hard copy when travelling abroad

 

How long can I issue a Green Card for?
Green Cards must be issued for a minimum of 15 days; however, we recommend that you issue them from the date of request through to the end of the current policy period.

It’s possible for you to issue a Green Card, via the broker Portal, for the full period of a policy i.e. either at new business or renewal confirmation. By adopting the issue of an annual Green Card, you’ll remove the need for your policyholders to request a Green Card each time they travel during the policy period. 

What LV= Broker webpages can I send my customer towards if they ask about Brexit?
You can direct your customers to LVbroker.co.uk/customers/brexit

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