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(Telegraph)   European gardeners forced to buy collision insurance before they are allowed to use ride-on lawnmowers on their own property   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 38
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2014-08-03 09:19:40 AM
Short answer, stop growing grass.
 
2014-08-03 09:28:43 AM
So the insurance industry has bought the EU gov't as well.
 
2014-08-03 10:29:11 AM

Majick Thise: So the insurance industry has bought the EU gov't as well.


I think about the only one they haven't bought is Somalia. And they're probably working on selling maritime policies to pirates down there. That's how they start.
 
2014-08-03 10:31:40 AM
Huge tracts of land people problems
 
2014-08-03 10:32:14 AM
As mentioned in TFA, this is supposed to be covered by the general liability clauses on the Home or Property insurance.  Sounds like the insurer's lawyers earned quite a bonus for that.
 
2014-08-03 10:32:22 AM
I'm kind of surprised this isn't included in general homeowner's insurance, or that you can't at the very least purchase cover for it in the form of a rider (pun definitely intended).
 
2014-08-03 10:33:01 AM
While they're at it, why not require registration, standard vehicular safety equipment and air bags?
 
2014-08-03 10:35:58 AM
FTFA: European ruling next month could force gardeners with ride-on mowers to take out insurance against accidents on private land

Then there's the rest of the article, which implies that this is some sort of frivolous Slovenian bureaucracy that has somehow snaked its way into the EU courts where it is doomed to fail, since this sort of accident is already covered by home insurance.

I hope your ensuing heart attack and urinary dysfunction was worth the misleading headline, subby.
 
2014-08-03 10:40:08 AM

Robo Beat: I'm kind of surprised this isn't included in general homeowner's insurance, or that you can't at the very least purchase cover for it in the form of a rider (pun definitely intended).


It is in the USA and apparently supposed to be in the EU as well but the Ins refused to pay.

Step 1 Refuse to pay legit covered claim
Step 2 Sell more ins to cover the previously covered claim you refused to pay (get gov't order for it)
Step 3 MOAR Profit
 
2014-08-03 10:40:59 AM

Majick Thise: So the insurance industry has bought the EU gov't as well.


The real blame belongs to the lawyers.  The insurance game would not be what it is without them
 
2014-08-03 10:41:34 AM
My homeowners policy would cover that type of accident. What does a homeowners policy cover in Europe?
 
2014-08-03 10:46:15 AM
"Once we have seen the ruling we'll take whatever action necessary to head off anything that hurts people's personal finances."

This just in: Outraged European gardeners bury insurance executives up to their necks and 'mow them'.

Just a hint.
 
2014-08-03 10:47:02 AM

Majick Thise: It is in the USA and apparently supposed to be in the EU as well but the Ins refused to pay.


Well, what else would you expect from an industry where profitability usually hinges on how well you can weasel out of your contractual obligations?
 
2014-08-03 10:47:07 AM
There is a big difference between a riding lawn mower and a tractor/utility vehicle used on a farm.

/Went back and RTA after my Boobies.
 
2014-08-03 10:47:46 AM
If they STAYED on their own property, it wouldn't be as much of a problem...but maybe I'm confusing Florida with Europe...

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2014-08-03 10:48:41 AM
them yurapeeins just ain't right.
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prob'ly don't use propane and propane accessories, neither.
 
2014-08-03 10:59:37 AM
I don't know the UK numbers, but here in Germany the cheapest vehicle insurance for scooters etc. costs about a quarter of that and that's for real roads and everything. I guess GBP 100 pulled out of someone's ass just sounds scarier.
 
2014-08-03 11:21:11 AM

bmr68: My homeowners policy would cover that type of accident. What does a homeowners policy cover in Europe?



Viking raids.
 
2014-08-03 11:45:34 AM

P. Yorck: I don't know the UK numbers, but here in Germany the cheapest vehicle insurance for scooters etc. costs about a quarter of that and that's for real roads and everything. I guess GBP 100 pulled out of someone's ass just sounds scarier.


It's the Torygraph. Unlike the Daily Mail they are actual journalists but is still right wing and doesn't like the EU so sometimes paint the worst instead of being balanced.
 
2014-08-03 12:08:19 PM
Meanwhile, in the USA, I ride my mower on the main street with impunity and without insurance.  Chessmate, socialists!
 
2014-08-03 12:16:43 PM
Get off your fat ass and push your lawnmower as God intended.
 
2014-08-03 12:39:12 PM

stuffy: Get off your fat ass and push your lawnmower as God intended.


Actually, God invented goats.
Have you seen Butterfly?
 
2014-08-03 12:39:13 PM

stuffy: Get off your fat ass and push your lawnmower as God intended.


Says the man with the tiny property.

/3/4 acre
//uses a walk behind.
 
2014-08-03 12:40:27 PM
And then they came for the lawnmowers.
And I said nothing.
For, I had no,,
 
2014-08-03 01:14:53 PM
Meanwhile here in North Carolina some guy ran over his grandchild with a riding mower last year.
 
2014-08-03 01:21:47 PM
It's the Torygraph so I assume that the whole story is fabricated to illustrate the dangers of being part of the EU.
 
2014-08-03 01:31:17 PM

Thudfark: Huge tracts of land people problems



Not really, I have less than an acre and I chose to spend a few hundred more on a riding mower, since self-propelled push mowers are notoriously unreliable. I don't get as much exercise, but I don't stress over my drive belt breaking every other weekend. Besides, I can use it to haul landscaping items into places my truck doesn't fit, so it comes in handy in more than one way.
 
2014-08-03 02:27:36 PM
From Wikipedia:  "Perhaps the most famous drinking story concerning [George] Jones occurred while he was married to his second wife Shirley Corley. Jones recalled Shirley making it physically impossible for him to travel to Beaumont, located 8 miles away, to buy liquor. Because Jones would not walk that far, she would hide the keys to each of their cars they owned before leaving. She did not, however, hide the keys to the lawn mower. Upset, Jones walked to the window and looked out over his property. He later described his thoughts in his memoir: 'There, gleaming in the glow, was that ten-horsepower rotary engine under a seat. A key glistening in the ignition. I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour. It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did.'"
 
2014-08-03 02:36:40 PM

thamike: FTFA: European ruling next month could force gardeners with ride-on mowers to take out insurance against accidents on private land

Then there's the rest of the article, which implies that this is some sort of frivolous Slovenian bureaucracy that has somehow snaked its way into the EU courts where it is doomed to fail, since this sort of accident is already covered by home insurance.

I hope your ensuing heart attack and urinary dysfunction was worth the misleading headline, subby.


(now with added emphasis)

+1
 
2014-08-03 03:22:14 PM

big pig peaches: stuffy: Get off your fat ass and push your lawnmower as God intended.

Says the man with the tiny property.

/3/4 acre
//uses a walk behind.


1.25, and I have a tractor. Easy, right?

Pfft. I also go through a tank of gas with the pushmower trimming around trees, lawn ornaments, the garden, the mailbox, etc. etc. etc. etc.

I've pushed my property when the tractor was down for repairs. It takes 4.5 hours.

/I wonder what sort of insurance you need to enter the lawn tractor races.
 
2014-08-03 04:19:26 PM

thamike: FTFA: European ruling next month could force gardeners with ride-on mowers to take out insurance against accidents on private land

Then there's the rest of the article, which implies that this is some sort of frivolous Slovenian bureaucracy that has somehow snaked its way into the EU courts where it is doomed to fail, since this sort of accident is already covered by home insurance.

I hope your ensuing heart attack and urinary dysfunction was worth the misleading headline, subby.


SInce this is the Torygraph I'd bet on approximately none of the article being true.
 
2014-08-03 06:11:43 PM
Oh... It's Europe. Well this makes more sense now.
 
2014-08-03 07:22:01 PM
As it is a well know fact Europe is a bunch of pussies and Democrats are trying to make America like them.
 
2014-08-03 10:01:59 PM
Good.  Every inane law passed is another step farther from Somalia.

Civilization can only stay civilized if we have more laws... Even if they are retarded.
 
2014-08-03 10:24:36 PM
I'm surprised that they health and safety enforcers allow them to have the dangerous spinning blades underneath them.
 
2014-08-04 01:03:11 AM

Ontos: Good.  Every inane law passed is another step farther from Somalia.

Civilization can only stay civilized if we have more laws... Even if they are retarded.


Stalin agrees
 
2014-08-04 07:25:49 AM

Ontos: Good.  Every inane law passed is another step farther from Somalia.

Civilization can only stay civilized if we have more laws... Even if they are retarded.


Yes, it's almost as if "good" as a function of "number of laws" bears some resemblance to the Laffer curve.

/The real one, not the teabagger fantasy one
 
2014-08-04 10:25:02 AM
Next up: annual registration and the most important part: ANNUAL SMOG CHECK!!  Inspection for tampering of pollution control devices are FAR MORE IMPORTANT that inspection for lights, brakes and tires.
 
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