What's new in European Traffic Law in April 2019:
Vision Zero: more protection by vehicle technology
As of 2022, new safety tech-nologies will become mandatory in European vehicles.
Road safety: new figures from European Commission
Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward.
Real time damage calculation by Smartphone App
Artificial Intelligence is facilitating claims and insurance handling processes all the way more.
Judgment of the ECJ of 28.02.2019 in Case "Meyn"
Mutual recognition of driving licenses. Refusal to recognise a driving license from other Member State .
European insurers publish no-deal Brexit check list
Insurance Europe has published a check list regarding the insurance implications of a no-deal Brexit.
Der tödliche Blick aufs Handy
Verkehrsteilnehmer werden je länger je mehr verunsichert durch Berichte in der Presse und in den Social Media über schwere Unfälle, die durch den Gebrauch von Smartphones am Steuer verursacht werden. Nachfolgend die Einschätzung der Experten des Instituts für Europäisches Verkehrsrecht:
What's new in European Traffic Law in March 2019:
EU Delegated Regulation on Intelligent Transport Systems
Minimal legal requirements for interoperability for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems adopted by European Commission.
If nobody’s driving, why do we need auto insurance?
Self-Driving Cars might kill auto insurance as we know it. Without humans to cause accidents, 90% of risk is removed.
Fraud Practice in Italy:
Video from a member of the Polizia Giudiziario
Unbelievable: new trick of false license plate. Never stop learning.
EU Parliament approves new amendments for compulsory insurance
“use of a vehicle” will be more narrowly defined than in recent cases e.g. Vnuk. Vehicle must be “in traffic”.
Siguen empeñadas las aseguradoras en negar el nexo causal
Nueva sentencia de la AP de MÁLAGA donde se indica que sus informes periciales constituyen una “simplificación aberrante”.
Der Döschwo-Restaurator aus Hegi
Dave Anrig handelt seit zehn Jahren mit alten Citroëns. Er hat sich besonders mit der Restauration von alten «Döschwos» einen Namen gemacht. Seine Kunden kommen aus der ganzen Schweiz, um die sorgfältig aufgepeppten Trouvaillen abzuholen. Mitunter fliegen sie aus der ganzen Welt ein.
EU Parliament: REFIT Motor Insurance Directive
Internal Market Committee MEPs adopted on January 22nd, 2019 changes to motor insurance rules to better protect road accident victims and tackle uninsured driving in the EU.
The EC proposal and the amendment proposal by MEPs aim to close loopholes and to improve the current Motor Insurance Directive in five areas: compensating victims of accidents where an insurer goes bankrupt; minimum amounts of cover; member states’ checks on vehicle insurance; how claims history statements are used by a new insurance company; and the scope of the directive.
This directive aims to protect victims of accidents in EU member states other than that of their residence, and domestic victims of an accident caused by a driver from another EU country.
Victims of accidents caused by a vehicle insured with an insolvent company may currently be left without compensation or suffer payment delays. The new rules require national compensation bodies to meet costs arising from claims where the liable party’s motor insurer is insolvent. MEPs made sure these victims are entitled to compensation in a maximum period of six months.
In order to ensure the same minimum level of protection for victims, the proposal harmonises obligatory minimum amounts of cover across the EU, without prejudice to any higher guarantees which member states may prescribe:
for personal injuries: € 6 070 000 per accident, irrespective of the number of victims, or € 1 220 000 per victim;for damages to property: € 1 220 000 per claim, irrespective of the number of victims.
Cross-border insurance checks on vehicles will be allowed in order to better tackle uninsured driving. Regarding claims history, the proposal seeks to ensure that insurance firms handle claims in a non-discriminatory manner, irrespective of nationality or previous EU country of residence of a citizen.
According to MEPs E-bikes, segways and electric scooters are excluded from the scope of the directive, since they are smaller and are therefore less likely to cause significant damage to persons or property than others such as cars or trucks are. It will be up to member states to decide at national level how to protect parties potentially injured by these vehicles.
Vehicles intended exclusively for motorsports are also excluded, as they are generally covered by other forms of liability insurance and are not subject to compulsory motor insurance when they are solely used for a competition.
The proposal also includes an amendment to set a standard EU limitation period of four years for claiming damages in the event of a traffic accident falling within the scope of the Directive.
The amended proposal, adopted in committee by 34 votes to one, with two abstentions, is due to be voted on by the EP full House during the February 11th -14th plenary session. The text would then still need to be agreed with the Council before becoming law.
International Women's Day 8th March 2019
Beautiful video from the communication team of Evo Morales, president of Bolivia. That's the way how to inform by short videos. The IETL communication team will develop in this direction in order to meet the requirements of our demanding community.
20th European Traffic Law Days 2019
in Athens / Greece
The 20th European Traffic Law Days 2019 will take place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 2019 in Athens/Greece. The preparations for the conference are in full swing. Venue is the Grand Hyatt Hotel Athens. This year will be again a dinner for the participants on October 3rd, 2019.
The following main topics are planned (subject to change):
- Key issues in European transport and traffic law
- Brexit: Contract Situation after Brexit (Rome II, Hague Convention)
- Major Claims (Tour d’Horizon European countries)
- International claims
The following topics will be deepened in Workshops:
- Brexit and Road Traffic Accidents
- Major ClaimsEnvironmental zones in Europe / Driving bans
The Brexit and its implications for legal practice will be one of the main themes of the conference.
An exclusive invitation with the main topics and early bird rebates will be sent soon to all members in advance.