Byrne v. Motor Insurers’ Bureau – WLR Daily

Posted June 8th, 2007 in EC law, law reports, Motor Insurers’ Bureau, time limits by sally

Byrne v. Motor Insurers’ Bureau [2007] EWHC 1268 (QB)

The procedure for making a claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau for compensation in respect of injury caused by an untraced driver under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 1972, which procedure was relied on by the United Kingdom as implementing art 1(4) of Council Directive 84/5/EEC, should be subject to a limitation period no less favourable than that which applied under s 28 of the Limitation Act 1980 to the commencement of proceedings by minors for personal injury in tort against a traced driver. Because the three-year time limit for the bringing of a claim under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 1972 was not compliant with art 1(4) of the Directive, which was capable of having direct effect, the United Kingdom was in sufficiently serious breach of its Community law obligations to give rise in principle to a liability for damages.”

WLR Daily, 7th June 2007


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