Motor insurance: Infrastructure Minister takes steps to remove Vnuk decision from NI law

This morning Nichola Mallon MLA appeared before the NI Assembly’s Infrastructure Committee to discuss (inter alia) reforming motor insurance law in NI to re-set it back to the position that had applied before the wide approach that the European Court adopted in 2014 in Vnuk v Zararovalnica.

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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 (

European Parliament agrees to motor insurance reform while Westminster fails to do so

By way of an update to last Monday’s post, we can confirm that MEPs in Strasbourg approved proposed changes to the Motor Insurance Directive (the detail is here) whereas the different and separate legislation in Westminster failed to secure a second reading debate. For all practical purposes, that looks to have virtually no chance of making further progress as things now stand.

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