Motor Accidents (Third-Party Risk).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1926.

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Photo of Mr John Grace Mr John Grace , Wirral

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is prepared to introduce legislation to compel motorists to insure against third-party risk?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , New Forest and Christchurch

I am considering this point, at any rate in so far as public service vehicles are concerned, in connection with the Road Vehicles Bill, which I hope to introduce.

Photo of Mr John Grace Mr John Grace , Wirral

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if a pedestrian is knocked down by a rich motorist, he gets compensation, But if by a motorist who is a man of straw and uninsured, the man gets nothing at all? Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that right?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , New Forest and Christchurch

I informed my hon. Friend in my answer that I am considering this point in connection with the Bill which I hope to introduce.

Photo of Mr Frederick Montague Mr Frederick Montague , Islington West

Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that very large numbers of commercial travellers use cars, not in the ordinary way, but for their employers. So that this is a point of considerable interest?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , New Forest and Christchurch

That raises the question as to whether you should insure the driver or the car.