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Campaign to reform
The relevant statutory and
extra-statutory provision relating to third party motor insurance is
systemically defective. It is not
possible to determine the right of insurers or third party victims from the
words used. This lack of precision is bad for victims and for insurers alike. What
is needed is a complete overhaul. Nicholas has been campaigning for reform in this area since 2013.
Reforming third party motor insurance
We need Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988, The
EC Rights Against Insurers Regulations 2002, The Motor Vehicles (Compulsory
Insurance) (Information Centre and Compensation Body) Regulations 2003 and the three
private law agreements between the Secretary of State and the Motor Insurers’
Bureau to be replaced by a Modern Transport Act that codifies the provision for
third party motor accident victims.
We also need to encourage a better
dialogue between the government, motor insurers and claimant representatives on
the need reform and the form it should take. What level of compensatory redress
can we afford?
Third party cover must meet the minimum standards
of compensatory protection for victims of motor vehicle users required under
European law. This is likely to continue to influence UK law in the years
ahead, even post Brexit.
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