Motor insurance reform: latest update on the Private Member’s Bill

In the last blog about this topic I explained that the Motor Vehicle (Compulsory Insurance) Bill – which seeks to remove Vnuk liabilities from English road traffic law – had failed to pass its second reading on 22 October. I may previously have been overly-pessimistic about its prospects, because when the Bill was back in the House of Commons on 29 October it succeeded at this re-arranged second reading stage. A very short clip of those proceedings can be downloaded here.

Although it is good to see that it has now progressed a little, it’s still unclear how much further it will go. In the ordinary course of events it would pass to Committee Stage, i.e. scrutiny on a clause-by-clause basis. If adequate time is made available for that then the Bill will have a more realistic chance of being enacted. We will post any further information as soon as it becomes available.

Written by Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at BLM (

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