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Passengers In Black Cabs Cannot Receive Compensation For Sexial Assault In Taxis | Taxi Rank

Hot! Passengers In Black Cabs Cannot Receive Compensation For Sexial Assault In Taxis

Mr Justice Silber has caused controversy by stating that passengers who are sexually assaulted in black cabs are not insured against sexual assault because it is not included in the insurance policy. Victims of John Worboys, a black cab driver, lost their fight for compensation against his motor insurer. Worboys is notorious for raping several passengers in his taxi.

10 women went a High Court in London in order to gain compensation and hope that motor insurers would be found liable for the sexual abuse suffered by the victims. However, Mr Justice Silber ruled that the women did not suffer their injuries from the use of the vehicle on the road which means it did not fall under the 1988 Road Traffic Act. According to the judge, although the sexual assaults took place within the taxi, the fact that they didn’t occur from the use of the taxi on the road means that the women’s claims were rejected.

Worboys was jailed in 2009 for an indefinite period of time after being found guilty of using sedatives to drug women before raping them in his black cab. He snared his victims by saying that he won a large sum of money at a casino or on the lottery and asked them to join him in a celebration with a glass of champagne. However, the champagne contained sedatives.

The women involved in these attacks sought damages from Inceptum Insurance Company Limited because the assaults took place inside a taxi insured by them. None of the women were in court to hear the judgement but the £150,000 legal costs accrued will be paid by the insurance companies of the victims. Although the judge offered his sympathies to the women, he stated that his duty to was to ensure that the principles of law were followed.

The QC representing the victims, Edwin Glasgow, tried to claim that because the personal injury took place inside the cab, the victims were entitled to compensation under the Road Traffic Act 1988. He stated that the cab played an essential role in the assaults. Mr Glasgow continued by saying that the taxi was used as a symbol of security and made the women feel safe when they were actually in real danger. As the taxi provided the means for the attack, the insurers are liable according to the QC.

However, the QC for the insurers, Andrew Bartlett, said that Mr Glasgow was stretching the meaning of the Act too far. He maintained that insurance does not cover deliberate acts. As a result, the crimes committed by Worboys had nothing to do with the Act. Mr Bartlett continued by saying that although the taxi did indeed provide Worboys with the opportunity and location to commit his foul deeds, the taxi did not cause the injuries. He concluded by saying that Worboys’ use of the cab was not something covered by the insurance policy. The judge ruled in favour of the insurers and stated that they were not liable to pay any damages.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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