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EU ruling to make lawnmower insurance compulsory

Grass Clippings - Mower InsuranceThere are few things Britons take greater pride in than a well-trimmed swathe of lustrous lawn. 

But caring for your treasured turf could be about to become much more expensive – thanks to a ruling from (you guessed it) Europe. 

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has been warned that Brussels may soon require anyone using a ride-on mower to take out motor insurance – even if they never take it near a road.

Insurance experts have predicted the move would cost gardeners at least £100 a year in extra premiums – and potentially much more.  Sources close to Mr McLoughlin said he was determined to fight off any such ‘bureaucratic meddling’.

Under current rules, gardeners using ride-on mowers on their property – and not on the highway – are normally insured for any accidents through their home insurance policies. But Department for Transport officials are worried that a ruling due next month at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg could change all that.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, is reportedly determined to fight off any such 'bureaucratic meddling' Bizarrely, the case has nothing to do with Britain but revolves around a Slovenian man who was injured in a farm accident when he was knocked off a ladder by a trailer attached to a tractor.

Tim Price, rural affairs spokesman for insurance firm NFU Mutual, said changing the rules would mean more expense for homeowners. He added: ‘It would be likely to cost at least £100 extra a year to take out a separate motor policy, and that would be for a small mower at that.’

Last night, a source close to Mr McLoughlin made it clear he would fight any new Brussels ruling on the issue. The source said: ‘This is exactly the sort of bureaucratic EU meddling that drives people mad. We’re determined to fight it off. It simply isn’t necessary and could hit Brits in their pockets

Insurance experts have predicted the move would cost gardeners at least £100 a year in extra premiums – and potentially much more.

Sources close to Mr McLoughlin said he was determined to fight off any such ‘bureaucratic meddling’

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