Expired license costs 80-yr-old driver dear

An elderly pensioner who neglected to renew his car driving license after he turned 65 will have to reimburse his insurance company for damage he caused during a traffic accident, according to a court decision made public yesterday. The Supreme Court heard that the 80-year-old had breached a clause in the insurance contract which stipulates that drivers without a valid license are not insured in case of accident. The court declared this clause legal, arguing that insurance firms are not in a position to establish whether their clients are physically and mentally fit to drive. According to the ruling, this is confirmed by the medical examinations required for the renewal of driving licenses. The accident took place in 1997, 10 years after the man’s license had expired. He renewed it two months later. The company compensated the other driver involved in the accident, and sued its client for reimbursement.

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