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Salesmen (Insurance Green Cards)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what discussions he has had with the British insurance industry to secure the abolition of green cards and any other insurance barriers to British salesmen working from the United Kingdom into mainland Europe.

I am not aware of any such barriers. A green card is no longer essential for travel in the EEC and a number of other European countries as a result of arrangements stemming from an EEC directive which provides that our domestic policies automatically provide the minimum insurance required in each State. A green card is, however, an internationally recognised document which provides a ready means for a British motorist to arrange the territorial extension of the full cover provided by his domestic policy. A green card is a facility rather than a barrier and I see no case for its abolition, but if my hon. Friend has a particular difficulty in mind and would write to me I would be very ready to consider it.