Le Mans & Brexit

Le Mans & Brexit

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Chrisgr31

11,310 posts

204 months

Saturday 2nd March 2019
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kinabalu said:
Just renewed my passport as suddenly noted only had 6 weeks left on it.

Sent via Post Office came back in an impressive 8 days, it's still red by the way.
I had to renew in January as we are going away in April and it expired whilst we would have been away.

I did it online, on Sunday, sent the expired passport on the Monday received the new passport on the Thursday. Very impressive.

L500

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498 posts

187 months

Tuesday 5th March 2019
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OK, I've renewed my passport (needed it for a different trip in April) but have just received the following from Admiral;

"As your current motor insurance provider, we would like to highlight the possible impact of a no deal Brexit on your car insurance policy. If you intend to take your vehicle outside the UK after 29th March 2019 you will require a Green Card.

What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance which proves that your UK Motor insurance policy provides you with the minimum compulsory insurance cover required by the law of the country you’re visiting.

In addition to the basic cover the Green Card gives you, we will also match all the additional benefits of your policy for up to 90 days in the countries listed below.

Admiral will be able to provide you with a Green Card at no extra cost, but you must contact us before you travel to request one. A Green Card will not be issued to Admiral customers automatically, and you may not be granted entry to a country outside the UK without one.
Please note we require at least 14 days’ notice to process your request.

Where will your policy cover you after March 29th?
Once we have issued you with a Green Card, your policy will cover you when driving in the following areas after 29th March:
• Countries in the European Union (EU)
• Countries in the European Economic Area (EEA)
• Switzerland
• Andorra
• Serbia"

I presume this will be standard across all insurers (again, if we leave on no deal).

850R

104 posts

80 months

Wednesday 6th March 2019
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L500 said:
OK, I've renewed my passport (needed it for a different trip in April) but have just received the following from Admiral;

"As your current motor insurance provider, we would like to highlight the possible impact of a no deal Brexit on your car insurance policy. If you intend to take your vehicle outside the UK after 29th March 2019 you will require a Green Card.

What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance which proves that your UK Motor insurance policy provides you with the minimum compulsory insurance cover required by the law of the country you’re visiting.

In addition to the basic cover the Green Card gives you, we will also match all the additional benefits of your policy for up to 90 days in the countries listed below.

Admiral will be able to provide you with a Green Card at no extra cost, but you must contact us before you travel to request one. A Green Card will not be issued to Admiral customers automatically, and you may not be granted entry to a country outside the UK without one.
Please note we require at least 14 days’ notice to process your request.

Where will your policy cover you after March 29th?
Once we have issued you with a Green Card, your policy will cover you when driving in the following areas after 29th March:
• Countries in the European Union (EU)
• Countries in the European Economic Area (EEA)
• Switzerland
• Andorra
• Serbia"

I presume this will be standard across all insurers (again, if we leave on no deal).
thanks for the info, much appreciated

LeMansNut

302 posts

11 months

Wednesday 6th March 2019
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L500 said:
I presume this will be standard across all insurers (again, if we leave on no deal).
For a lot of insurers in the UK, a Green Card has always been standard despite EU membership. All EU membership meant was that when driving in member states you were insured by default as 3rd party only - I think Admiral were the very few who insured as fully comp hence why they're so expensive. The likes of Direct Line, Churchill and others require you to phone up and pay £40-ish to upgrade your insurance to comprehensive for the time you're driving abroad. They would then send you a "Green Card" which included a wee booklet that you fill out in the event of an accident - like a "how to document and accident when abroad" type thing.

If we leave with "no deal" and this default 3rd party nonsense is no longer required, then surely that means premiums will come down? Not everyone drives abroad but they're paying for that risk because of EU law.

Oldwolf

434 posts

142 months

Thursday 14th March 2019
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I've sorted my International Drivers Permit today. Very easy, goto Post Office with passport photo and drivers licence and £5.60, walk out with it.
Worth doing sooner before they run out of the IDP's!
Valid for three years or the expiry of your licence.

BenLowden

1,930 posts

126 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Thursday 14th March 2019
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I'm off to Spa in a couple of weeks so called my insurers for a green card. Was on the phone for about two minutes and arrived two days later. Will be getting my IDPs this weekend – will double check but I'm pretty sure you need one for each country you drive in so will need France and Belgium. Obviously not relevant for LM but might be helpful for others who aren't just going to France.

fatboy18

16,983 posts

160 months

Thursday 14th March 2019
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BenLowden said:
I'm off to Spa in a couple of weeks so called my insurers for a green card. Was on the phone for about two minutes and arrived two days later. Will be getting my IDPs this weekend – will double check but I'm pretty sure you need one for each country you drive in so will need France and Belgium. Obviously not relevant for LM but might be helpful for others who aren't just going to France.
Lets put you straight on IDP.
For driving in Europe (apart from Spain) You require an IDP 1968. You need to take both parts of you existing driving licence to the Post Office (Main post office) You will also require a passport photo. IDP IS Valid for 3 yrs.



If You are going to drive in SPAIN you need an IDP 1949 which is Valid for 1 YEAR,

850R

104 posts

80 months

Friday 15th March 2019
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fatboy18 said:
Lets put you straight on IDP.
For driving in Europe (apart from Spain) You require an IDP 1968. You need to take both parts of you existing driving licence to the Post Office (Main post office) You will also require a passport photo. IDP IS Valid for 3 yrs.



If You are going to drive in SPAIN you need an IDP 1949 which is Valid for 1 YEAR,
Both parts??who still has the old style license these days!??

BenLowden

1,930 posts

126 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Friday 15th March 2019
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fatboy18 said:
Lets put you straight on IDP.
For driving in Europe (apart from Spain) You require an IDP 1968. You need to take both parts of you existing driving licence to the Post Office (Main post office) You will also require a passport photo. IDP IS Valid for 3 yrs.

If You are going to drive in SPAIN you need an IDP 1949 which is Valid for 1 YEAR,
That's handy thanks. So an IDP 1968 covers the whole of Europe and I just need one?

OvalOwl

846 posts

80 months

Friday 15th March 2019
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850R said:
fatboy18 said:
Lets put you straight on IDP.
For driving in Europe (apart from Spain) You require an IDP 1968. You need to take both parts of you existing driving licence to the Post Office (Main post office)...
Both parts??who still has the old style license these days!??
I still have a paper-only licence, having lived at the same address since before the photo-card was introduced.

Nobby Diesel

1,896 posts

200 months

Saturday 16th March 2019
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OvalOwl said:
I still have a paper-only licence, having lived at the same address since before the photo-card was introduced.
Yep - still on a paper licence. It's a little bit like the Turin shroud now.

wsn03

859 posts

50 months

Saturday 16th March 2019
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Thought I'd check my passport after reading this thread. Expires Sep 19.

Im off to moto 24 hr in April, better send everything off on Monday

Chrisgr31

11,310 posts

204 months

Sunday 17th March 2019
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wsn03 said:
Thought I'd check my passport after reading this thread. Expires Sep 19.

Im off to moto 24 hr in April, better send everything off on Monday
Why wait until Monday? Do it online today. Save the cost of getting a passport photo and its £10 cheaper!

fatboy18

16,983 posts

160 months

Monday 18th March 2019
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OvalOwl said:
850R said:
fatboy18 said:
Lets put you straight on IDP.
For driving in Europe (apart from Spain) You require an IDP 1968. You need to take both parts of you existing driving licence to the Post Office (Main post office)...
Both parts??who still has the old style license these days!??
I still have a paper-only licence, having lived at the same address since before the photo-card was introduced.
I still have the old style pink paper licence smile
But I believe on the newer plastic licence you may have to take the other paper part which shows in detail what you can and can not drive and also has your full address on. smile

wsn03

859 posts

50 months

Monday 18th March 2019
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Chrisgr31 said:
Why wait until Monday? Do it online today. Save the cost of getting a passport photo and its £10 cheaper!
Didn't know you could do it online, and only just read this. I'll get onto it. Thanks

L500

Original Poster:

498 posts

187 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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I've received the following comms from my company re: company cars FYI.

"Company car drivers and Brexit - driving in Europe

From this April, if you are a company car driver and you intend on taking your vehicle into Europe you will require an annual or short-term green card.

Please bear in mind that from 29 March 2019, when travelling abroad with a trailer that exceeds 3,500kg (or 750kg for commercial trailers) that they must be registered with the DVLA. Trailers will require their own green card.

It is important that you take action early. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, our current European Motor Certificate will not be accepted as proof of insurance outside of the UK so vehicles and trailers will not be permitted to cross from the UK into the EAA without a physical copy of a valid green card.

Drivers should be prepared to show the card at the border and if it is not held then frontier insurance will have to be purchased. Please note that drivers attempting to drive in the EU without a valid green card may be accused of driving without insurance and could be subjected to a fine, prosecution or have their vehicle seized.

Insurers strongly recommend that annual green cards are requested for all vehicles domiciled in Northern Ireland to enable free travel across the border into the Republic of Ireland".

gt6

1,223 posts

134 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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Well as we have not yet left the EU and the way the politicians are acting it looks unlikely to happen soon there is no point wasting time on what might be, but suspect those looking for problems that do not exist will still be talking about and telling others about possible problems even if they are not really problems.

RobbyJ

853 posts

171 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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I think this is a case of the 7 P’s. Just another part of planning for all scenarios with the LM trip months in advance like most of us love to do.

Kev_Mk3

1,475 posts

44 months

Saturday 6th April 2019
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If they extend to the end of june wont matter about le mans lol

Grahamdub

3,191 posts

92 months

Sunday 7th April 2019
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Got my IDP yesterday. It seems not all PO's do them and some have had 2hr queues for them, while others, like my local one, have lots of forms and no queues.