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On 25 February, in what appears to have been a coordinated act, both the Mail and the Sunday Express published ill informed reports blaming European Court ruling for compelling the UK government to extend the third party motor insurance requirement to lawn-mowers and golf buggies. The decision alluded to (Damijan Vnuk v Zavarovalnica Triglav C-162/13) had been published several months previously, on 4 September 2014, and so was hardly news. They quoted a Conservative party spokesman as describing the European law as 'bonkers'.
I was invited by the cross-party pro European group, British Influence, to comment.
My article points out that the alarmist claim that our motor insurance premiums will rise by £100 is wrong. The tabloid articles claimed the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the nature and scope of the motor insurance requirement will force owners of golf buggies and lawn mowers to take out third party motor insurance under Road Traffic Act 1988. I explain why this is unnecessary.