For those of you living in the countryside with a barn full of mechanical vehicles this may be of great interest to you, or you may just have an old car stuck in a garage which you haven’t used for years, the EU have come up yet again with a piece of useless legislation designed, it would seem to be just another pain in the arse.
In 2014 a farm worker named Damijan Vnuk was knocked off a ladder by a tractor trailer that was reversing into a barn.
A compensation claim was lodged with the farmers insurer which was rejected, however this being modern life the claim was eventually heard in the Court of Justice of the European Union, rather than the more old fashioned option of saying, “oops, I’ve just fallen of a ladder, I should have come down when I saw the trailer coming and before it hit me.”
The upshot of this nonsense is that we will now be forced to insure our vehicles when they are off the road whether they can move or not, just on the off chance that some passing stranger should poke his or her nose round the garage door and damage their shins on the bumper or attempt to climb up a ladder whilst in said garage.
I wonder if this legislation should go through will we have to erect notices outside our vehicle storage premises warning passersby of the danger of stationary vehicles, together with instructions as to how to stand safely some distance away. God forbid you should store a ladder as it will probably require a separate notice requesting no-one be foolish enough to attempt to climb it.
On the other hand perhaps a general notice to cover all eventualities along the lines of, TAKE CARE, LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING, LIFE CAN BE DANGEROUS, DON’T BLAME ME IF YOU FALL DOWN A HOLE, OR OFF A LADDER. That should do the trick.