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Road Accidents (Lorries)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to ensure that persons injured or vehicles damaged in accidents involving foreign-owned heavy goods vehicle receive adequate compensation.

Where fault is established against the user of a motor vehicle, whether British or foreign, the claimant is assured of compensation for personal injury by virtue of the compulsory insurance requirements of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1972, supplemented by arrangements operated by the Motor Insurers' Bureau. The Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal Injury is considering whether compensation for personal injury should be paid in the absence of fault, and if so by whom. Liability for damage to property is not compulsorily insurable; my right hon. Friend has no present plans to introduce new legislation in this respect.