Clarity needed for drivers in the event of No Deal – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD has called on the Minster for Transport to immediately address reports that Irish motorists will require an insurance ‘green card’ to travel to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Deputy Troy explained, “What we are hearing from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) is that Irish motorists may need to give notice of their intention to travel across the border and that they will need to be issued with a green card to do so in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The MIBI have said that in the event of no deal, people will have to contact their insurer or broker a month before their expected travel date to ensure they receive their green card in time. Having to give a months’ notice to cross the border is preposterous.

We have also learned that motorists may have to pay for these green cards. While it has been said this would be a nominal fee, what is nominal for one person may not be nominal for another.

There are people living in the border regions who have to cross the border multiple times per day. I appreciate that this is all part of contingency planning but motorists need greater clarity and they need to know there is a more streamlined plan in place after March 29th. Green cards are issued on a short term basis. They are not a logical long term solution for those who cross the border on a regular basis.

Minister Ross showed his naivety and lack of knowledge on Brexit when speaking with Tánaiste Coveney recently, he now needs to step up and explain to motorists what long term plans are in place to make travel across the border as seamless as possible in the event of a no deal”, concluded Deputy Troy.