Tractor with a trolley – Light Motor Vehicle

The Supreme Court recently gave its verdict that no separate licence for driving the vehicle is needed if the driver has a Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) licence for a tractor attached to a trolley carrying goods. For the case in question Sant Lal vs. Rajesh, a tractor with a trolley met with an accident. The motor accident claims tribunal held that the driver did not carry endorsement for driving the vehicle and therefore the insurance company was not liable to compensate the damage. The only countermeasure for the victims was to sue the owner who allowed the driver to take the vehicle. However, on appeal, it was ruled that no separate endorsement was necessary. The Apex Court held that the insurance company was liable to pay compensation and that the liability was joint and several, distributed among the insurer, the owner and the driver.

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