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
  • Green Card not compulsory
  • The handling of claims
  • Special case of foreign registered lorries
  • Finding the UK correspondent
  • The pre-action protocol for low value road accident claims
  • UK correspondent or MIB
  • Civil legal proceedings
  • More...

Note: The UK's departure from the EU and the end of the Brexit transition or implementation period has implications for practitioners considering road traffic accidents. See Q&A: What are the Internal Regulations of the Council of Bureaux and how will these be impacted by Brexit? and Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for PI & Clinical Negligence claims?

IP completion day is defined in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 as 11 pm on 31 December 2020.

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

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