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The Government has announced it will scrap the controversial Vnuk insurance law.

The law would have enforced a minimum level of insurance cover on all vehicles, regardless of whether they were used on private land or not.

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Had the Vnuk law been enforced, this would have meant compulsory insurance policies on a wide range of vehicles outside of traditional transport solutions. Golf buggies, mobility scooters, quad bikes and even ride on lawnmowers would have fallen victim to the proposed legislation, affecting many insurance policies for GB residents.

Bypassing Vnuk will also protect the existence of the UK’s world-leading motorsports industry, which could have been decimated due to the additional insurance costs. Scrapping the rules will save the industry from potential collapse and secure hundreds of thousands of jobs in the sector in the process.

The announcement ensures vehicle policy holders will not be subject to an estimated £50 a year increase in motor insurance costs and helps to secure the future of motor sport events, which may no longer have been viable under the proposal. This provides all lobbying parties, the wider industry and motor sport enthusiasts with a successful and final conclusion.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We have always disagreed with this over-the-top law that would only do one thing – hit the pockets of hard-working people up and down the country with an unnecessary hike in their car insurance.

“I am delighted to announce that we no longer need to implement it.“Scrapping this rule would save the country billions of pounds and is part of a new and prosperous future for the UK outside the EU – a future in which we set our own rules and regulations.”

The Department for Transport said the Government will seek to introduce primary legislation at the earliest opportunity to remove the impact of the Vnuk decision from British law.

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