Consequential losses can be devastating for businesses, especially when important contracts or partnerships are at risk. Under most hauliers’ liability insurance policies, consequential loss cover is limited to one or two times the amount of the carriage charges. In addition, cover is conditional on the insured contracting out of liability for such losses, or limiting their liability to the extent specified in their policy wording.
Without suitable contract conditions, hauliers can find themselves liable for consequential losses such as, those arising from production delays because a just-in-time delivery arrives late.
These are some of the key reasons why hauliers use contract conditions: for example, if they are an RHA member, the RHA Conditions of Carriage. Under those conditions, liability for consequential losses is limited to the amount of the carriage charges.
If an RHA member was asked by a customer to insure on a full value basis, rather than requesting full-responsibility (also known as ‘all-risks’) cover from their insurer, our advice is they should endeavour to agree with their customer to carry under RHA Conditions, but with the standard £1,300 per tonne load limit replaced with an appropriately increased per tonne load limit.
Some hauliers do assume ‘full responsibility’ and arrange goods-in-transit cover accordingly. But even if ‘full responsibility’ transit cover is not conditional on an insured using any conditions of carriage, prudence dictates that a firm arranging this type of cover should still have some sort of contract that inter alia:
To find our more, talk to your usual Towergate adviser.
We can offer tailored truck insurance with a series of options for drivers of single trucks or hauliers with fleets of up to five HGVs. Our cover ensures you have the right cover in place within a single policy, with no truck too big or too small. We can cover any truck ranging in size from 3.5t vehicles right through to trucks used to move abnormal loads.
For larger vehicle fleets, we also offer fleet insurance.
All cover is subject to normal underwriting terms and conditions.
Chris North FCII is a respected industry leader with over 40 years' experience, who has worked in the insurance industry in a variety of roles, accumulating a wealth of knowledge. He is currently Technical Manager for Towergate's motor division, providing expertise on all matters relating to motor fleet insurance, in particular haulage and self-drive hire fleets.
This is a marketing article by Towergate Insurance.
Date: January 22, 2016
Category: Commercial Vehicle