About the Green Card System
What are the objectives of the Green Card System?
- To ensure that Third Party victims of road traffic accidents do not suffer from the fact that injuries or damage sustained by them were caused by a visiting motorist rather than a motorist resident in the same country.
- To avoid the need for motorists to obtain insurance cover at each of the frontiers of the countries which they visit.
How are these objectives achieved?
Through the activities of the Green Card Bureaux established by Law or Regulation in each of the 46 countries participating in the system.
All Green Card Bureaux operate with the recognition and approval of their Governments.
Each Green Card Bureau has two functions:
- As a "Bureau of the country of the accident", it has responsibility in accordance with national legal provisions for Compulsory Third Party Motor Insurance for the handling and settlement of claims arising from accidents caused by visiting motorists.
- As a "Guaranteeing Bureau" it guarantees certificates of Motor Insurance - ("Green Cards") which are issued by its member insurance companies to their policyholders.
National bureaux cooperate on the basis of the Internal Regulations signed bilaterally between each of them.