UK Government decision on post-EU scope of compulsory motor

On 21 February the DfT announced that the government intends to amend UK motor insurance law to remove all effects of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014 in Vnuk vs Zararovalnica and in essence revert to compulsory insurance for approved road vehicles used on “a road or other public place” in the UK, as set down in the Road Traffic Act 1988. But the RTA applies in England & Wales and in Scotland only and nothing was said in the 21 February announcement in respect of the position in Northern Ireland. This written answer provided by DfT Roads Minister Rachel Maclean on 1 March confirms that any decision in this area would be a matter for the NI Executive.

Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy & Government Affairs

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