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March Issue Previews...
EURO RULING COULD HAVE PROFOUND EFFECTS...
THE DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT (DfT) is consulting interested parties on a motor insurance issue that has profound implications for us all. It follows a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), relating to a farmyard accident in Slovenia...
Mr Vnuk suffered injuries when knocked off a ladder that was hit by a tractor and trailer. The tractor wasn’t being used on a public road, so no third-party insurance was in place. This was believed to be in accordance with the EU’s Motor Insurance Directive, as implemented by Member States, including the UK. However; the Slovenian government referred the case to the ECJ, as the ultimate authority, in order to get a conclusive ruling on Mr Vnuk’s compensation and the matter of third-party insurance. The ECJ’s judgement makes an enormous difference to both the territorial limits of compulsory insurance and the types of vehicle to which it applies.
At the moment, UK law requires motor vehicles to be insured only when used on “a road or other public place” (eg. a supermarket car park). A motor vehicle is defined as being “mechanically propelled, running on the road (not rails) and being intended or adapted for use on roads.” However; the ECJ judgement says that the Motor Insurance Directive actually applies to “any mechanically propelled vehicle intended for travel on land (not rails), and any trailer (coupled or uncoupled), that is being used in a manner consistent with its normal function.” In other words, any motor vehicle, in normal use, anywhere at all, must be covered by third-party insurance! Note: this is not a new law. It is the definitive interpretation of an existing Directive that already applies throughout the EU.
The sheer range of vehicles suddenly brought into the compulsory insurance category is vast: all farm and construction vehicles; factory fork-lifts; off-road bikes and quads; self-propelled lawn-mowers; mobility scooters; golf buggies; electrically assisted bicycles; fairground dodgem cars, even ride-on motorised toys. And - perhaps most worrying of all - motor sport vehicles.
Our government is very concerned about the Vnuk outcome; although the UK intends to leave the EU, this will take time and, meanwhile, we must comply with its legislation. The DfT recognises that widening the scope of compulsory insurance brings benefits for certain claimants, but it has major reservations about the implications of this ruling and its unintended consequences. The potential damage to motor sport is truly frightening. From club-level to F1, all vehicles taking part would have to be insured against claims brought by other competitors, as well as the public. The cost could be prohibitive. (Standard road insurance specifically excludes competition use.) As the Motor Sports Association points out, competitors understand the risks and take part willingly; spectators are already covered by public liability insurance at all officially sanctioned events.).....
From The Landers Lobby in our March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
Tazio Nuvolari 1892-1953...
IT’S CLAIMED THAT AFTER seeing Vincenzo Lancia’s race win at the Circuito di Brescia, a very young Nuvolari became ‘hooked on speed’.
Lancia’s victory in a Fiat certainly made an impression on a young man whose own life would generate much adulation; Ferdinand Porsche rated him as the ‘greatest of all time’ whilst Fangio considered him the most ‘legendary of champions’.
There is little doubt Nuvolari captured race fans hearts with his abilities and often extreme bravery. His total disregard for personal safety was apparent at an early age, testing a home-made parachute from the roof of his parents’ house near Mantua, Northern Italy could have finished any ideas of motorsport.
During WW1 Nuvolari became an ambulance driver to and from the front line although stories abound that he lost this job as a result of driving too fast and dangerous for official liking. Married in 1915 to Carolina Perini, post-war motorcycle racing was the next challenge for 28-year-old Tazio, his bike career would go on to span 124 races with 49 victories plus 40 fastest laps taking the Italian 350cc Championship on a Bianchi.
Opening a car dealership in his home village of Castel d’Ario in 1922 did little to slow Nuvolari or the tales of his exploits; at Monza motorbike GP, a crash in practice resulted in fractured legs with plaster casts.
On race day his mechanics lowered him onto the bike, Tazio won but unable to dismount he was lifted from his machine post-chequered flag. In 1924 Nuvolari’s first victories on four wheels arrived aged 32; Bianchi had constructed a 2 litre race car which Tazio piloted at the Tigullio Circuit. Class wins at Savio and Polesine followed the same year in the 1.5 litre Chiribiri Monza. Nuvolari was getting noticed and victor Enzo Ferrari confessed post-race ‘this little man put the squeeze on me, at one point I thought he would take victory from my fabulous 3 litre Alfa Romeo’.
It was Vittorio Jano who offered an opportunity to test the legendary Alfa P2 at Monza, Tazio lapped at 3 minutes 32 seconds, quicker than works driver Antonio Ascari. All his good work was undone when a serious crash wrecked the Alfa and put Nuvolari in hospital. Upset Jano pledged it would be a long time before a second chance would be offered in a works car but 12 days later Tazio discharged himself, returning to the circuit. Getting astride his 350cc Bianchi race bike again required the assistance of his mechanics yet Nuvolari went on to take victory on a rain soaked track winning the Grand Prix of Nations. Bianchi entered their Type 20 in standard road trim for the inaugural Mille Miglia in 1927 with Tazio at the wheel. In an all Italian field of 77, only 54 would complete the gruelling 1000-mile race, the Bianchi finished 10th. With a factory drive not likely, Tazio started his own team and purchased a pair of Bugatti Type 35’s in partnership with Achille Varsi; another bike racer from Bianchi...
From Fordies Favourites in our March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
SPANNERMAN & ACCIDENTS...
THERE’S NO SUCH THING as an accident. That’s what I was told by several people following my tale of the consequences of momentum last month.
When I mentioned that down at the Chequered Flag, I was met by the “Oh yes there is” brigade. There then followed a typical Chequered Flag discussion on the merits of the use of the word “accident”. This had all started following my description last month of the coming together of two vehicles on an icy road surface, during which I sat back in the smug knowledge that I hadn’t described the incident as an accident. I’m not going to attempt to summarise the discussions that ensued, but suffice it to say that they were long and inconclusive.
On a more positive note, I can report that the driver of the flat bed recovery truck who had been despatched from Herbert’s garage to the scene of the incident let me know that there were no injuries to anyone as a result of what had happened.
The car parked at the side of the road was, perhaps not unsurprisingly, unoccupied, and the driver of the saloon that slid across the road and his passenger were both unharmed, if a little surprised and shaken at all that had befallen them. The driver said that everything seemed to happen in a flash, and his main concern was expressing remorse at the probable loss of the no claims bonus on his insurance policy, and was already questioning why he hadn’t paid the extra amount to get protection for his no claims bonus.
There was certainly no question that in that particular case the incident would be being reported to the appropriate insurance company, and you may recall that last month’s Myth of the Month was looking at the question of the reporting of collisions with animals to insurance companies. The latest government advice regarding reporting such incidents to the police says that you must stop and report the accident (oh dear, let’s not start that conversation again!) to the police if you hit any of the animals in the following list: dogs, horses, cattle (for example cows), pigs, goats, sheep, or donkeys and mules.
And the advice goes on to say that you must do this as quickly as you can, whether the animal is killed or not. There is no mention of any requirement to report such matters to your insurance company. However, I can report that from what I’ve found out that the general rule appears to be that your insurance company wants to know all about any “accidents” you may have had.
Here’s just one example of a wording I found in the terms of one insurer: “If in our reasonable view you have committed fraud, including if you have made a false declaration, we may cancel your policy at any time or declare it void from inception. We are entitled to withhold your premium and/or recover from you any amounts paid under the policy for a claim. Examples of false declarations would include: If you fail to declare all motoring accidents or claims in the last three years that you and any other drivers named on the policy have had.”
So, I suggest that one of life’s long-standing recommendations needs to be followed here, and I’ll go as far as to say it’s worthy of being this month’s TIP FOR THE MONTH. It’s that simple piece of advice to always read the small print. But having said that, just reading the small print isn’t enough. You often need to act on it as well....
From Spannerman in our March issue; read the whole article, subscribe today!
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