What's new in European Traffic Law in August 

Three-point seat belt

Volvo Trucks celebrates 60 years of three-point seat belt - a life saving innovation. 

Rasen ist Mord

Kudammraser wurde durch Berliner Gericht als gemeinsam begangener Mord beurteilt.

Patinete eléctrico

El primer atropello mortal con patinete eléctrico: una distracción con el móvil y mucha mala suerte

Avis Fonds de Garantie

"Trop peu de gens savent que les trottinettes électriques sont soumises à l'obligation d'assurance."


Bei Oldtimern gelten bei der Schadenabwicklung andere Spielregeln, als im normalen Reparaturfall. 

Poland: Higher Sums

Thanks to a new law,  victims of road traffic accidents will be able to receive additional assistance.

Corte di cassazione

La vittima di un incidente è incapace di testimoniare perché ha un interesse giuridico all'esito della lite.


Schweiz: Sehr strenge Begutachtungspraxis durch Bundesgericht bestätigt. BGE 141 V 281).

What's new in European Traffic Law in July

Passenger rights in Europe

Passenger rights

Have you experienced delays and cancellations? As an air, rail, ship or bus passenger, you have rights when travelling in the EU.

New discount rate in UK

New discount rate

New discount rate based on a fair review system: more transparency, consultation and evidence-based decision-making.


Schweizer Startup hat App für Versicherungsnachweise entwickelt und trägt damit zur Digitalisierung des Versicherungsmarkts bei. 

Black Box use by motor liability insurances in Italy

Scatola nera auto

L‘utilizzo in sede processuale dei dati forniti dal dispositivo elettronico è ammesso dal Codice delle Assicurazioni.

Reduction of compensation becaus of own responsibility


In Sandalen und mit Muskelkraft rollendes Auto stoppen - selbst schuld.

Duty to wear a helmet


E Bike-Boom: Politiker und Sicherheitsexperten sprechen sich für eine Helmpflicht aus.

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What's new in European Traffic Law in June: 

road safety

Road safety

Speed limits, traffic controls, fines for distracted drivers: EU countries install laws for better road safety.

foreign plates

Targhe straniere

Lotta alle targhe straniere: la mossa del Governo italiano:
È vietato, a chi ha stabilito la residenza in Italia da oltre 60 giorni, circolare con un veicolo immatricolato all’estero.



Germany and France regulate the use of E-scooters on public roads. Rules usually are based on existing regulation of cycling. 

passenger rights

Passenger rights

European railway companies should create a uniform platform for easy and cheap travel reservation and establish advantageous rules for compensation in case of retardation.

vehicle burn and use of a vehicle

Term "use of a vehicle" 

European Court of Justice recognizes responsibility of a car owner for a building damage caused by a vehicle burn.

European rules for drone traffic

Rules for drone traffic

The European Commission adopted EU rules to ensure increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure.

compensation of passengers

Terzo trasportato

Può ottenere risarcimento da qualsiasi dei due responsabili oppure anche ai loro assicuratori Rca.

E-scooters and mobility


Mikromobilität und autonomes Fahren verändern den Stadtverkehr komplett.

What's new in European Traffic Law in May: 

vision zero and vehicle safety

Vision Zero

European Commission welcomes European Parliament vote on vehicle safety features.

disruption insurance market and digitaliziation

App misst Fahrverhalten

Eine neue App misst das Fahrverhalten. Die Versicherungsprämie wird so individuell berechnet.  

Odenbreit forum at residence of claimant

Travel Law

British High Court confirms: It is possible to join an insured (here the Spanish hotel) to a claim brought directly against its insurer.

pain and suffering in Italian law

Danno morale 

Ai prossimi congiunti della vittima di reato spetta il risarcimento del danno morale

Liability of E-scooters

Trottinettes électriques 

Quelles sont les règles d'un point de vue de l'assurance et des indemnisations éventuelles ?

innocence presumption

Presunción de inocencia

Nueva sentencia del Tribunal Supremo con interesantes reflexiones sobre responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas 

damage at parked vehicle


Deutsches Gericht verneint Haftung des Vaters für durch fünfjahriges Kind mit Fahrrad verursachten Schaden. 

What's new in European Traffic Law in April 2019:

vehicle safety by new technology

Vision Zero: more protection by vehicle technology

As of 2022, new safety tech-nologies will become mandatory in European vehicles.

Road safety figures from the EU

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. 

Damage calculation by Smartphone

Instant damage calculation by Smartphone App

Artificial Intelligence is facilitating claims and insurance handling processes all the way more. 

Foreign driving licence

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 .

Checklist of the EU for no-deal Brexit

European insurers publish no-deal Brexit check list

Insurance Europe has published a check list regarding the insurance implications of a no-deal Brexit.     

distracted driving

Unaufmerksames Fahren:
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:

intelligent transport systems adopted by EU

EU Delegated Regulation on Intelligent Transport Systems

Minimal legal requirements for interoperability for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems adopted by European Commission. 

autonomous vehicles cause less accidents

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.

false vehicle plates in Italy

Fraud Practice in Italy:
Video from a member of the Polizia Giudiziario

Unbelievable: new trick of false license plate. Never stop learning.

Vnuk use of a vehicle on private streets

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”. 

causal context between accident and disability Spanish law

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.

doudoune Döschwo Ente
Refit fifth Motor Insurance Directive of the EU

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.
(Source: EP)

Women's Days in Bolivia

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. 


Camino a La Paz

Don't miss: beautiful Road Movie from Argentina - free of charge in YouTube. Something for the next weekend at home or in your holiday home:

film review with trailer:

link to YouTube:

Have fun!

European Traffic Law Days Athens

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.