1st Edition

The Law of Compulsory Motor Vehicle Insurance

By Özlem Gürses Copyright 2020
    320 Pages
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    The Law of Compulsory Motor Vehicle Insurance covers motor vehicle compulsory liability insurance in a broad context by putting emphasis on the fundamental principles unique to this type of insurance, their operation together with the general principles of law, and the interventions of the relevant EU Directives and CJEU decisions.

    The law regarding motor vehicle liability insurance is ever-evolving, fast-developing and offering more intellectual challenges as the disputes vary every day. This book examines the principles applicable in this area of law by studying the grounds where the rules derive from and their continuing developments over decades at both domestic and EU levels. Whilst doing so it also discusses whether the sources of the current applicable law, in several different motor vehicle compulsory insurance related issues, are in line with each other. The book also presents careful analyses of the interplay between the different sources of law, detailed discussions on what the law should be in order to provide consistency amongst the rules and principles identified, and how solutions to newly emerging issues can be found.

    The regime applicable in this area is overcomplex. This book will be valuable reading for any lawyer, whether academic, practitioner or student who would like to understand the insurance cover required for compulsory motor vehicle third party liability insurance together with the rationale for adopting such rules and their interpretation by the Courts.

    1 Brief History of the Insurance Obligation and Interaction with the EU Law  2 The Insurance Obligation: Overview  3 Insurance Obligation: Scope (Meaning of ‘Permit’ ‘Cause’ ‘Motor Vehicle’ ‘Road or Other Public Place’)  4 Requirements with Respect to the Insurance Policy: Form and Scope  5 The Meaning of ‘Use’ of a Vehicle  6 Civil Liability  7 Control of Policy Terms  8 Third Party Victim’s Right of Direct Action Against Insurers  9 Credit Hire Agreements  10 Motor Insurers’ Bureau  11 Injuries Suffered in the EU  12 The Public Policy Doctrine  13 Insurance of Automated Vehicles


    Özlem Gürses is a Reader in Insurance and Commercial Law at King’s College London.

    "The legal principles applicable to compulsory motor insurance are complex and intricate. They derive from: domestic legislation dating back to 1930; industry agreements filling in the gaps created by uninsured or hit and run drivers; European Union single market directives designed to secure equality of protection for victims wherever the accident occurs; and a series of lengthy decisions from both the UK courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union on the correct interpretation of the legislation and directives. Weaving all of these disparate but interrelated sources into a single volume explaining how they operate together is a major challenge. Dr Gurses’ work The Law of Compulsory Motor Vehicle Insurance is the first short work of its type to undertake this task. The author explains succinctly how the law works, explains the conflict between the UK and EU approaches and identifies future challenges. This book is clear, concise and authoritative. It will be of immense value to practitioners seeking an understanding of the regime, and also to students of insurance law. Those teaching and studying tort law will also find much of value in this work: a substantial proportion of personal injury claims arise from accidents on the road, but academics have generally shied away from looking behind tort principles to how claims are actually paid."

    Professor Robert Merkin QC


    "The new publication written by Gurses fills a gap. The regulation of traffic accidents involving motor vehicles puts high demands on the practice. This is not least due to the complex interplay of national and European law. The European system of far-reaching protection of victims offers many advantages. These include, in particular, the direct claim, which guarantees reliable regulation of damages by an insurer or, if no insurance protection intervenes, national guarantee funds such as the Motor Insurers' Bureau. Any questions of interpretation of the EU rules, such as the scope of protection, must be clarified by the European Court of Justice. In contrast, the conditions and amount of the claim for damages continue to be governed by the law at the place of the accident. This law differs considerably in the Member States. Gurses addresses these issues and many other topics - such as the scope of insurance coverage requirements, the control of contract terms, or the public policy doctrine in a concise manner. It is particularly commendable that she makes the complex legal situation in the UK, including the case law, comprehensible. The book is rounded off by an overview of the innovations of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018, especially with regard to liability."

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Armbrüster, Freie Universität Berlin