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European Communities (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2002

12 February 2003
The facts

These Regulations come in force from 19th January 2003. They give rights to the victims of road traffic accidents to sue the relevant Insurer directly.

They apply to accidents on a road or other public place in the United Kingdom, caused by or arising out of the use of any insured vehicle.

A vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle or trailer registered or normally based in the UK and which does not run on rails.

They apply to any Claimant who is resident of an EU Member State or of Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.

Where a Claimant has a claim in tort arising out of such an accident, he may issue proceedings against the Insurer of the vehicle and the Insurer shall be directly liable to the Claimant to the extent that he is liable to the insured person. Thus the Insurer can raise against the Claimant any defence, which he could have raised against his policyholder and the result of Churchill Insurance -v- Charlton (accident in a car park and not on a road – Section 151 did not apply) ought not to be affected.

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