June 18
Trajan Shipley
10th June 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment

Court of Justice: excluding damage to a semi-trailer from compulsory insurance cover is compatible with Motor Vehicles Insurance Directive

In Van Ameyde España (C-923/19), the Court of Justice has held that Article 3 of the Motor Vehicles Insurance Directive (2009/103) does not preclude an interpretation of national law which excludes from road tractor-cover and compensation by a compulsory licence against civil liability, material damage caused by that tractor to the semi-trailer coupled with it when an accident occurs.

In the case at issue, a road traffic accident took place between a semi-trailer being operated as an articulated vehicle and a tractor unit, with property damage being caused to a semi-trailer and the accident being the fault of the tractor driver. Both the semi-trailer and the truck tractor were covered by separate civil liability insurance contract


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