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What must I have in my car ?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 in English Instructions, Instructions | Comments Off on What must I have in my car ?

What must I have in my car ?

When you travel abroad with your car, certains objects like a warning triangle are sometimes mandatory to bring along. This article will give an indication what to take with you for a number of countries. However, Car Travel Docs can not be held liable for misinformation. We strongly recommend you to contact your insurance company before traveling abroad.

Car travel Docs will soon provide you easy shopping, we will deliver to you high quality products that are required in countries abroad.

 

 

CAR TRAVEL DOCS RECOMMENDS

 

FOR ALL COUNTRIES

  • Motor vehicle insurance – please contact your insurance company and tell about your intents before you travel abroad. Also ask what documents you should bring with you on your travel.
  • Fire extinguisher – is not required for two-wheeled vehicles
  • Country sticker – is not required of the license plate contains the country Euro symbol. When traveling outside the EU a country sticker is required.

COUNTRIES

COMPULSORY
  • Original registration document
  • Motor vehicle insurance
  • Country sticker
  • Warning triangle, not required for two-wheeled vehicles
  • Reflective jacket, not required for two-wheeled vehicles
  • First aid kit
RECOMMENDED NOT REQUIRED
  • Fire extinguisher
FORBIDDEN
  • Radar detector
COMPULSORY
  • Original registration document
  • Motor vehicle insurance
  • Country sticker
  • Warning triangle, not required for two-wheeled vehicles
  • Reflective jacket, only applies for the driver of the vehicle
RECOMMENDED
  • First aid kit – compulsory if you live in Belgium
  • Fire extinguisher – compulsory if you live in Belgium
  • European Accident Statement
NOT REQUIRED
  • NA
FORBIDDEN
  • Radar detector

COMPULSORY

  • Original registration document
  • Motor vehicle insurance
  • Country sticker, unless license plate contains the country flag
  • Warning triangle, not required for two-wheeled vehicles, when towing a trailer you must have two
  • Reflective jacket
  • First aid kit – not required for two-wheeled vehicles
RECOMMENDED NOT REQUIRED
  • Fire extinguisher
FORBIDDEN
  • Radar detector

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European Accident Statement

Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 in English Instructions | Comments Off on European Accident Statement

European Accident Statement

Extra English instructions for the European Accident statement.

At the scene of the accident

1. Only use one set of forms for 2 vehicles involved (2 for 3 vehicles involved etc.). It doesn’t matter who sends them in or fills them out. Please use a ball point pen for filling out the statement and make sure that the copy is legible.

2. When filling out the accident report please pay attention to the following:

  • When answering the following two questions please refer to:

a) your insurance documents, pursuant to Item 8 (policy or green card),
b) your driving licence, pursuant to Item 9.

  • Clearly indicate the point of initial impact (10).
  • Put a cross (X) next to the facts (1–17) which were relevant to your accident (12), and state the total number of spaces marked with a cross.
  • Draw a plan of the accident location (13) showing all the relevant information.

3. Please give the name of one witness to the accident, especially in case of disagreement.

4. Sign the accident statement and have it signed by the other driver
(15). Hand one copy of the accident statement to other driver and keep one yourself.

When you return home

  • Don’t forget to indicate when and where your vehicle can be inspected by an expert.
  • Under no circumstances alter anything on the accident statement.
  • Send the form to your insurer immediately.

Please note

  • This form exists in different languages but with identical contents.
  • This form may be used even if no other vehicle is involved, for example, where there is a comprehensive insurance policy, in cases of damage to the driver’s own vehicle or in zhe case of Theft or fire.

(Text taken from the German CEA multi-language instruction document)

What is a green card ?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Website | Comments Off on What is a green card ?

What is a green card ?

For some of the lucky ones a Green card means that you are allowed to move to America and work there without Visa. But there is also a green card for cars. This post will explain what a green card is.

The Green Card or also called an International Motor Insurance Card is a document that provides prove that you have the minimum required third party liability insurance for the country you are traveling in. When you carry a green card it makes it easier to travel into different countries because you have prove of insurance at the border and it will protect the interests of the people from those countries in case of an accident. The Green Card is issued by 45 insurance organizations of mostly European countries, which are all affiliated to an umbrella organization, the Council of Bureau (CoB).

The following list shows countries that don’t require a green card:

Andorra, Austria, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,  Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

The following list shows countries that do require a green card:

Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Israel, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Islamic Republic of Iran.

When you travel to any of the countries mentioned above, you can ask for a green card from your insurance company. If they cant provide one, you may consider contacting another insurance company, or you can ask for a border insurance at the point of entry of that country.

The green card is still the most recognized and understood proof of car insurance by local police. Even when you travel to countries where the document is not required anymore it is good to keep one with you, so you can always show proof of insurance when its needed, for example after an accident.

Since the Green Card is valid for a limited period of time, it is important to check its validity before setting off on a trip. In the event of an accident, the duplicate of the Green Card – if there is one – should be given to the police or the injured party. If a duplicate of the Green Card is not available, a copy will have to be made or the police will record all the relevant data in the police report.

New Version

During its General Assembly, 2008 the CoB has approved a new Green Card model. This document has subsequently been approved by the UN (ECE). During its meeting held 27.11.2008, the NBI & NGF Management Committee has also approved the new format.

The new Green Card model is compulsory since 1.1.2011. Old Green Cards issued before 1.1.2011 remain valid until their expiry date (second date in field Nr. 3). A Green Card issued in the old format after the 1.1.2011 will be considered invalid. It can be confiscated by the border authorities.

(Partly copied from http://www.nbi.ch/green-card-003-020601-en.htm)

Hosting the European Accident statement

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Website | Comments Off on Hosting the European Accident statement

Hosting the European Accident statement

Hi all,

Since the 9th of June 2011 Car Travel Docs is allowed to host the official European accident statement. We have worked hard to obtain the original versions from the CEA in Brussels and insurance organizations in each country. Slowly we are extending our list of documents and we hope to provide you with the documents you need to travel save on your holidays.

Siebe

New Site Launched

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Website | Comments Off on New Site Launched

New Site Launched

Hi all,

 A new site has launched with a new look and feel. When I received the Portuguese language I thought it was about time to update the old site with a new look.
After browsing many themes of wordpress on the internet I came to www.elegantthemes.com. They were simply the nicest and most professional looking.

Since its a paid wordpress theme there are many more features and it took quit a while to build the site. But its been worth it. I hope to all of you who will find this page, you can easily find the European Accident Statements and download them.

soon more …..

 Siebe

Now 7 languages available

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Website | Comments Off on Now 7 languages available

Now 7 languages available

Hi all,

CarTravelDocs is proud to have now 7 languages available for download. We just added the Czech Záznam O Dopravní Nehodě and the Polish Wspólne Oświadczenie O Zdarzeniu Drogowym and Portuguese versions of the European Accident Statement. It gets easier and easier to deal with your and their Insurance companies.

To download click this link  to go to the download page.
 

Siebe

Welcome to CarTravelDocs

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Website | Comments Off on Welcome to CarTravelDocs

Welcome to CarTravelDocs

Hi all,

My name is Siebe Brouwer and in my free time driving my car to rock climbing places.

Accident

Last year I had a small accident where some Finnish guy drove backwards into my car (i was standing still). Later he blamed me for driving into the back of his car and we ended up both paying for our own damages although it was his fault. :-(. That cost me a lot of money.

Communicating

Its been very difficult to talk to him because I don’t speak Finnish and I didn’t have the European Accident Statement with me either. (very hard to get here in Finland). However, if I had one with me, I could have forced him to fill it in and I would have had the facts of the accident right there signed and all. It would have been very hard for him to change his story later.

Hosting European accident statements

That put me thinking and I believe everybody should have the chance to have a foreign language accident statement at hand when you travel abroad. It took me about a year to get approval from the copyright owner and finally my company is allowed to host them on the internet.

Currently we have English, French, Dutch, German, Polish, Czech and Portuguese and we are working hard to obtain more versions. So if you travel to any of these countries then feel free to download, print and use them.

We put them ready for you to download at:
http://www.cartraveldocs.com/download/european-accident-statements/

I just know what a hassle it can be to deal with an accident and you don’t speak the same language. Hopefully you wont need them but in case you do then I hope they will help you out.

Siebe