The green windscreen stickers which have for decades been used to prove that a driver is insured will soon become a thing of the past in France, the finance minister has announced.
Bruno Le Maire said yesterday (September 20) that digital records now make it unnecessary for the authorities to check someone’s insurance status using the stickers.
This is because of the Fichier des Véhicules Assurés, an online database which contains the registration number, insurer, contract reference number and policy duration of insured drivers.
More than 60 million vehicles are listed, and companies must highlight any changes to the list within 72 hours.
The stickers will therefore cease to be used “during 2023”, saving insurance companies from sending out 50 million stickers and their corresponding certificates to their customers each year.
Mr Le Maire also said that: “I have asked insurers to make an effort to keep the average premium amount below inflation, to prevent prices from soaring.”
Insurance companies have for some time been lobbying the government to do away with the windscreen stickers, saying that this would reduce fraud and help to simplify the insurance process.