New EU rules to extend compulsory insurance

EU to extend motor insurance

New EU rules could make it compulsory to insure a wide range of vehicles currently exempt from mandatory insurance.

The government is consulting on how to reconcile UK law with a decision by the European Court of Justice that insurance should be compulsory for the normal function of vehicles even if only conducted on private land.

The decision could affect anything from mobility scooters to motor sports, said lawyers quoted by The Independent.

The Department of Transport issued a 50-page consultation document on the court ruling, which followed a case in Slovenia where a man was knocked off a ladder by a tractor-trailer on private land.

The consultation ends on March 31.