WHY IT MAT­TERS: THE VNUK JUDGE­MENT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

In 2014, a farm worker named Dami­jan Vnuk was knocked off a lad­der by a trac­tor trailer that was re­vers­ing into a barn.

A com­pen­sa­tion claim was lodged with the farm’s in­surer, Zavaroval­nica Triglav, which was re­jected; even­tu­ally, the case was heard in the Court of Jus­tice of the Euro­pean Union.

The judge­ment, in his favour, stated that a ve­hi­cle in nor­mal use, at rest or in mo­tion, needed com­pul­sory in­surance re­gard­less of where it was, and that the Mo­tor In­surance Di­rec­tive (2009/13) needed chang­ing. The UK Govern­ment did not in­ter­pret the Mo­tor In­surance Di­rec­tive in this way, spark­ing a rift be­tween it and the Euro­pean Union.

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