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What are the Internal Regulations of the Council of Bureaux and how will these be impacted by Brexit?

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Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson
Published on LexisPSL on 11/11/2020

The following PI & Clinical Negligence Q&A produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What are the Internal Regulations of the Council of Bureaux and how will these be impacted by Brexit?

The Council of Bureaux is the organisation acting for the protection of the victims of cross-border road traffic accidents.

It achieves this by coordinating national motor insurers’ bureaux which are members of the Green Card system.

It is worth bearing in mind that the Green Card scheme was and is not a creature of the EU, as evidenced by the fact that there are 47 Member Bureaux in 48 nations, including North African and Middle Eastern nations.

The Green Card scheme operates so that the national bureau guarantees that the victim of a road accident caused by a foreign vehicle will be compensated in the country in which the accident occurred. Thus, where a UK resident is injured in a road traffic accident by a French registered vehicle, membership of the scheme guarantees that they will be compensated in the UK courts.

Of more relevance to the question posed is that the Council also acts as a secretariat for the bodies applying the European Motor Insurance Directives, Compensation Bodies, Guarantee Funds and Information Centres in the 31 Member States of the EEA.

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