Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill – final stages?

This is the legislation to remove the effects of the Vnuk decision from motor insurance law in England & Wales and in Scotland. It has been the subject of various earlier posts and updates on the blog.

The Bill’s Committee Stage debate was listed in the Lords for 6th April. The official report for the day is this: “Order for Commitment discharged”. I am pleased to say that not being a complete procedural geek, I didn’t instantly recognise the phrase. Erskine May (the bible on parliamentary process) explains that it is the formality by which a Bill can be scheduled, without the need for debate, for its next stage if no Peer wishes to speak and no amendments have been tabled.

Thus the next stage has been listed for 25 April – which is the last Lords sitting day of the current Parliamentary session. So this is going down to the wire after all, but we remain cautiously optimistic that the remaining stages of this short, but important, Bill will be completed then. Arrangements for commencement are that it will take effect two months afterwards.

Written by Alistair Kinley at BLM (

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