Claimant did not "know" that vehicle was stolen

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He had been the rear seat passenger in a Range Rover driven by a friend of his, Mr Dibble. The vehicle belonged to a customer at the garage where Mr Dibble worked, but that customer had not given any permission for it to be driven about by Mr Dibble.

Section 151 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 allowed the Claimant to make a claim against the insurers of the vehicle, but only if he did not know or had no reason to believe that the vehicle had been stolen.

Stadlen J considered the evidence of all the witnesses in some depth, but came to the conclusion that the Claimant did not have the requisite knowledge.

Malcolm Johnson 

Associate - Personal Injury team

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