1 Citation and commencement

This Order may be cited as the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Variation of Threshold Conditions) Order 2002 and comes into force on 19th January 2003.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 19 January 2003: see above.

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2 Claims representatives

2Claims representatives

After paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (threshold conditions) insert—

“Appointment of claims representatives2A

(1)    If it appears to the Authority that—

(a)    the regulated activity that the person concerned is carrying on, or is seeking to carry on, is the effecting or carrying out of contracts of insurance, and

(b)    contracts of insurance against damage arising out of or in connection with the use of motor vehicles on land (other than carrier's liability) are being, or will be, effected or carried out by the person concerned,

that person must have a claims representative in each EEA State other than the United Kingdom.

(2)    For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b), contracts of reinsurance are to be disregarded.

(3)    A claims representative is a person with responsibility for handling and settling claims arising from accidents of the kind mentioned in Article 1(2) of the fourth motor insurance directive.

(4)    In this paragraph “fourth motor insurance directive” means Directive 2000/26/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16th May 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to insurance against civil liability in respect of the use of motor vehicles and amending Council Directives 73/239/EEC and 88/357/EEC.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 19 January 2003: see art 1.

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Signature

Nick Ainger

Philip Woolas

Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury

28th October 2002

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order varies the threshold conditions in Schedule 6 to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2002, which authorised persons, and applicants for authorisation, under that Act must satisfy.

Article 2 sets out an additional threshold condition that must be satisfied by insurers who cover certain types of motor vehicle liability. This condition requires them to appoint claims representatives in each State in the European Economic Area (other than the United Kingdom) to handle and settle claims arising from certain accidents.

This Order includes provisions implementing the following European Community Legislation: Directive 2000/26/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16th May 2000 on the approximation of laws of the Member States relating to insurance against civil liability in respect of the use of motor vehicles and amending Council Directives 73/239/EEC and 88/357/EEC (Fourth Motor Insurance Directive) (OJ No L 181 20/07/2000 p 65). A Transposition Note setting out how the Government will transpose into UK law the main elements of the Directive is available from the following address: Banking and General Insurance Team, HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ (Telephone number: 020 7270 1389). Copies of the Note are also available on-line at www.hm-treasury.gov.uk.

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