How a no deal Brexit will change driving in the EU

In the event of a no-deal, several UK driving laws will change—for both UK citizens and commercial drivers. All drivers are being urged to contact their insurer to arrange a Green Card, which would be required under EU regulations as proof of insurance in the event of a no-deal.


The Association of British Insurers is advising customers to contact their insurer for a Green Card if they are planning to drive their vehicle in the EU after the 29th March 2019, or risk breaking the law. Don’t wait until it’s too late—use this guidance to ensure compliant driving practices post-Brexit.


Green Cards will be required for all vehicles and trailers which travel in EU after the 29th March to prove that they have the required insurance, regardless of the level of motor cover provided on their policy.


Customers will require a Green Card if they are driving from Northern Ireland to Ireland.



Driving Licence Changes for UK Citizens


The government announced that, in the event of a no-deal, from 29th March 2019, UK citizens will need additional documentation to drive within the EU or EEA.

In terms of taking a holiday abroad, a no-deal will cause the type of international driving permit (IDP) that some countries accept, to change. This means that UK citizens must possess both a UK driving licence and the correct IDP to drive in EU and EEA countries. For more guidance on finding the right IDP for your travels, click here.


If you are a UK driving licence holder who is currently living in the EU or EEA, it’s important to exchange your UK licence for a local EU licence before 29th March 2019. If you fail to do so, a no-deal may require you to pass a driving test within the EU country you reside in to continue driving there. You will be permitted to use your EU licence when visiting the UK, and you can exchange your EU licence for a UK licence (without taking another test) if you return to live in the UK.


The government emphasises that you should exchange your licence as soon as possible to avoid longer processing times and delays.


For more information, please call Finch Director, Neal Lumb, on 07599 718453 or email neal.lumb@finchib.co.uk