British drivers are facing a dilemma taking their vehicle abroad in the New Year.
The EU is holding back on its requirements for UK drivers’ licences and insurance but it looks increasingly likely they will need international driving permits and the old style “Green Card”.
Both will need to be obtained in advance of crossing the Channel or they driver and vehicle will be turned around and prohibited from entering the EU member states.
Following the news that the European Commission is withholding a decision on the need for British motorist to use insurance green cards when driving in Europe, Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance, at comparethemarket.com, said, “The golden rule for drivers is to tell their insurer when they are planning to drive abroad or take their own car overseas.
“If an agreement is still not reached on this by the Brexit deadline, drivers would need to get a Green Card from their insurer. Drivers should apply at least one month before travelling and may need to pay an administration fee. Depending on the negotiations, motorists might also need an international driving permit to drive in continental Europe.
“This would be a headache for drivers, requiring them to be organised in advance of driving overseas, and ultimately may result in longer queues at EU borders.”