The text translates as:
It is a 36-year-old habit that could soon disappear. The insurance certificate, that little square of green paper that you have to display on the windscreen of your vehicle every year, could soon be history. It is the insurers who are asking for it. Discussions are underway with the Ministries of the Economy, Transport and the Interior.
“At the time, it was created to fight against non-insurance. But today we have all the technical means to simplify the lives of the French and improve the fight against fraud,” Franck Le Vallois, the managing director of France Assureurs, the federation of 247 French insurance companies, explained to Le Parisien.
The police can in fact check in the Fichier des véhicules assurés (FAV), by indicating the number plate, whether the car they are checking is insured or not. This file was created in 2016 and gendarmes and police officers have had access to it since 2019. All new insured vehicles must be registered within 72 hours.
For insurers, the abolition of the green sticker would represent a real source of savings. 50 million insurance certificates are printed each year. That’s as much paper saved with the stamps that go with it.
A decree must be published to authorise the abolition of the paper vignette. This will not happen immediately, as a new government must first be formed. Once the decree is published, insurers intend to “prepare the minds” of their customers before abolishing the little green insurance sticker for good.