Despite the country heading towards Brexit, there are a number of EU-based motor insurance initiatives that could make some drastic legal changes.
It has been reported that a new EU Directive could mean that all vehicle would need to have full insurance, even for those vehicles that are only driven on private land.
It had been reported in The Times that the Department of Transport [“DFT”] has admitted they are obliged to consult on these proposed changes whilst Britain remains in the EU. Those consultations are set to run through to March 2017.
Rumours are that the introduction of this new Directive would negate the current Statutory Off Road Notice [“SORN”] which allows an uninsured vehicle to be kept on a driveway.
The DFT have freely admitted that if these changes come into UK law then the consequences could be “costly”.
Among those vehicles that could soon require an insurance police are:
- Golf buggies
- Electrically assisted pedal cycles
- Agricultural vehicles
- Ride on lawnmowers
- Motorised ride on children’s toys
- Fairground dodgems
- Dumper trucks
- Quad bikes
Currently, European Motoring Law passed in 2014 makes motoring insurance mandatory for any vehicle in its normal use, in any location. This is a direct contrast to UK law which only requires third party insurance for mechanically propelled vehicles, intended for road use and when used on the roads or in other public places.
As a result, insurance may soon me required for covering accidents on private land. This will not open up additional vehicles that will need motor insurance but also may expose the UK Government to claims from victims who have already had their claims denied by the UK Courts.
Even though the Directive already exists in Europe, it has yet to be fully integrated as it is at odds with the domestic laws of many member states.
In speaking to The Telegraph, a DFT spokesperson said: “We oppose any measures which impose an unreasonable burden on the public. We will use the consultation responses to get the best result for the country.”
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