MVA S 163-A

Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, S. 163-A –  Claimant  need  not  plead  or establish  that  the  death  in  respect  of  which  the  claim  was made, was  due to  any negligence  or default  of the  owner of  the vehicle or of any other person  - It  is  not  relevant  that the person insured must be the driver of the vehicle but may well  have  been  riding  with  somebody  else  driving  a  vehicle which resulted in the death of the person driving the vehicle -  High Court, is clearly wrong in stating  that  it  was  necessary  under  Section  163A  to  prove that somebody else was driving the vehicle rashly and negligently,  as  a  result  of  which,  the  death  of  the  victim would take place. #2020 SCeJ 980 


Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, S. 163-A – Limited liability -  Maximum liability being Rs.1 lakh -  This argument was never taken before in all the courts below, as a result of which, we do not allow the insurance company to take up the point for the first time before us at this stage – Liable to pay full amount. #2020 SCeJ 980


Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, S. 163-A – Plea of no driving  licence  was squarely given up by the insurance company before the MACT – Insurance company did not press the issue during arguments before the tribunal -  But then utilised by the High Court to disentitle the claimant to relief -  High Court finding is incorrect. #2020 SCeJ 980

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