It’s an ill wind, as they say, that blows no good.

Ready as Bankstone News will always be to participate in a hearty session of Eurocrat-directed aspersion casting, those sausage and cheese scoffing meddlers finally came up trumps this week with the promise of some much-needed new premium pounds for the UK motor market.

The European Court of Injustice is shortly due to rule on a case that could result in making motor cover mandatory for sit-on mowers and other such horticultural rides, even if they’re never used on public highways. The move could generate per-mower premiums of £100 and upwards for UK insurers: a welcome fillip in this era of depressed private vehicle purchasing.

It all started when some Slovenian geezer got toppled from his ladder by a tractor trailer, and sued. The defendant insurers denied liability because the toppling took placed on private property. Consternation ensued, precipitating a flurry of calls for loophole pluggage. Hence (in a roundabout way) new moves to mandate mower motor cover.

But insurance firms prompted to break out the bubbly at the prospect of all those new premiums may need to put that stuff on ice. In an act of staggering shortsightedness, Transport Secretary Patrick McGoohan has vowed to fight the move, commenting (indirectly) that “People have a right to cut the grass on private property” (and, presumably, knock the odd Slovene off his ladder while they’re at it), “without being clobbered for it.”

Will someone please induce this man to see some sense.

Motor insurance customers don’t just grow on trees you know!



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