Updated 29 April 2022. The Bill received Royal Assent yesterday. As that was the last sitting day of this Parliamentary session, it’s fair to say that this really went very close to the wire. Under the terms of what is now the Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Act 2022, the targeted re-setting of the scope of compulsory motor insurance takes effect automatically in two months.
Yesterday afternoon at 15:59 Lord Robathan moved the final stages of the Vnuk-reforming Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill yesterday with this phrase. At 15:40 the Bill was passed and it is scheduled to receive Royal Assent later in the week. It will take effect two months from then, meaning that by late June the effects of Vnuk v Zararovalnica and Lewis v Tindale will be removed from motor insurance law in the UK mainland.
For completeness, the EU 27 have also agreed to reform the effect of the line of cases stemming from Vnuk – itself decided back in September 2014 – with amendments to the Directive taking effect in December next year.
After some seven and a half years’ activity on this highly technical topic it is very tempting to agree that it is probably quite enough. Pragmatic law reform, pressed for and welcomed by the insurance and motor sport sectors in particular, is on its way.
Written by Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at BLM