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Hard Brexit – Information Notice

Hard Brexit – Information Notice

 

Motor Travel to UK & Northern Ireland

Green Cards may be required for travel after 29 March 2019

Currently, all motorists from the Republic of Ireland can drive their vehicles to the UK, including Northern Ireland, under the EU Motor Insurance Directive.

If on 29th March 2019 a ‘no deal’ Brexit takes place, the EU Motor Insurance Directive will no longer apply to the UK and Northern Ireland. In that event, anyone who drives their Irish registered motor vehicle in the UK and/or Northern Ireland will be required to demonstrate to law enforcement agencies there that they have valid motor insurance. This can be done through an internationally recognised insurance document called a ‘Green Card’.

What does this mean for you?

If you are planning to drive your vehicle in the UK and/or in Northern Ireland after the 29th March 2019, it is advisable you contact us your broker one month in advance of your expected travel date. This will provide sufficient time for preparation of an individual Green Card associated with your vehicle and insurance policy.

For assistance, please contact Travers Insurances on 0402 – 32204 or info@travers.ie

Drivers with UK Driving Licences

UK Driving Licences may not be valid for driving in Republic after 29 March 2019 Currently, all drivers holding UK driving licences can drive vehicles they are insured on in the Republic of Ireland.

If on 29th March 2019 a ‘no deal’ Brexit takes place, the driving licence of a UK licence holder living here in the Republic of Ireland will no longer be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here on that
licence. In that event, anyone who drives here will have to demonstrate to law enforcement agencies that they have a valid Irish driving licence.

What does this mean for you?

If you plan to continue to drive in the Republic of Ireland after the 29th March 2019, it is advisable that you apply to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) to exchange your UK driving licence for an Irish driving licence as soon as possible.

Whilst a UK licence can currently be exchanged for an Irish (EU licence), there are no guarantees that this rule won’t change. Please refer to the NDLS website for more details https://www.ndls.ie/news/149-brexit-update.html
For assistance, please contact NDLS on 01 761 087 880 or info@ndls.ie

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