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Where next for compulsory motor insurance?
The proper interpretation and application of the scope of compulsory motor insurance at EU level and in Member States has been under close scrutiny since the Vnuk decision of the European Court in 2014.
Further cases continue to raise yet more questions, both at European level and in English law (with the unsuccessful 2017 judicial review of provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 by RoadPeace being a clear example). One key concern of many UK stakeholders has been the impact, post-Vnuk, of bringing the use of agricultural, industrial and motor sports vehicles within the scope of compulsory insurance.
At the same time, the Motor Insurance Directive (MID) has also come under the scrutiny of the European Commission as part of its REFIT programme. The Commission consulted during 2017 on many aspects of the MID regime, including issues such as: its scope (post-Vnuk), dealing with cross-border insurer insolvencies, minimum levels of cover and no claims discounts. The Commission is due to conclude this work – now referred to as ‘re-evaluation’ – by issuing conclusions and recommendations for reform towards the end of May 2018.
In anticipation of the Commission’s proposals emerging on time, BLM would like to invite you to ‘save the date’ of Friday 8 June 2018 to discuss the future direction of the Motor Insurance Directive. As with our earlier events covering this topic, we will look to bring together a wide range of insurance, sports/leisure and commercial stakeholders to discuss key issues and challenges. This roundtable-style event will be held at our office at Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch St, running from 10.30am to 12.30pm and followed by lunch.
Please be aware that there is a chance we may have to postpone and re-arrange the event should the Commission miss its end of May deadline. We hope to be able to confirm (or postpone) arrangements by e-mail no later than Monday 4 June 2018.