Road accidents in the UK caused by foreign drivers—the Green Card system
Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson
Road accidents in the UK caused by foreign drivers—the Green Card system

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Road accidents in the UK caused by foreign drivers—the Green Card system
  • Background
  • The Green Card system
  • The handling of claims

Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day, ie 31 January 2020, has implications for practitioners considering road traffic accidents. For guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—considerations for personal injury claims.

This Practice Note sets out the legal framework and the procedure by which a claim is made by the victim of a road traffic accident which occurs in the UK but is caused by the driver of a foreign registered vehicle. It is very likely indeed that the insurance cover for the vehicle will have been provided by a foreign insurer.

Background

The Green Card system

The setting up of the framework and procedure began with the introduction of the Green Card system in the early 1950s.

The purpose of the system was to facilitate the international circulation of motor vehicles by ensuring that the insurance against third-party risks in respect of the use of those vehicles met the criteria laid down by the visited country. This in turn guaranteed the compensation of injured parties in accordance with the national law and regulations of the visited country.

Under this system, the international motor insurance card (Green Card) was a proof in each visited country of compulsory liability insurance in respect of the use of the insured vehicle.

In each state participating in the Green Card system, a National Insurers’ Bureau was created to guarantee that the victim of a

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