Indemnity Account

Indemnity Account

The contractual system of the compulsory motor liability insurance was introduced on 1st July 1991 . The respective law (Gov. Dec. No. 58/1991. IV. 13.) assigned the Association of the Hungarian Insurance Companies to handle an isolated account of funds for those losses, that – in spite of the obligation to conclude an insurance contract – were caused by an uninsured or under some circumstances, by an unknown user of a vehicle, and to indemnify the respective claimants. From 1st July 1991 until 31st December 1995, in accordance with the insurers having started writing compulsory motor liability insurance, this duty of the Association (MABISZ) was administered via the Hungaria Insurance Company. In line with a further decision of the member companies, the Motor Claims Office of the Association of Hungarian Insurance Companies (Hungarian abbreviation: ESZE, former MABISZ GKI) was set up, starting its activity on 1st January 1996. One of the main tasks of this organization would be the settlement of the above-mentioned losses.

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Although the wording of the law has been repeatedly amended, and as a consequence, the addressee of the obligation to fulfill this task has been changed, our office is steadily conducting this activity. Currently we are acting as the trustee of the Indemnity Account stipulated by the Gov. Dec. No. 171/2000 (X. 13.). When conducting our activities, we are closely cooperating with the member companies writing motor insurance risks. We may rely to a great extent on their preparation work relating claims handling. You may find some useful information about this topic on the front page under General information regarding claim reporting.

When should the trustee of the Indemnity Account settle the loss of a claimant?

1. When the loss was caused by using the motor vehicle of a registered user, who – despite the legal obligation to conclude an insurance contract – was uninsured, regardless to whether or not the motor vehicle was driven by the user or by anybody else with his/her approval or knowledge, or even in an unlawful manner.

2. When the loss was caused by the motor vehicle of an unknown user, however, with due consideration to the limitations and exclusions specified in the respective law.

3. In addition, the trustee of the Indemnity Account is obliged to settle the loss of the non-liable party, in case it is disputed whether the Indemnity Account or an insurance company is legally obliged to indemnify the claimant.

4. Finally, the trustee of the Indemnity Account has to advance the amount of indemnity to the non-liable party, not being the insured of those insurance companies, who are disputing which one of them is obliged to settle the claim of the innocent claimant in lieu of their insured client.

In case the loss was caused by the use of a motor vehicle of an uninsured user who had been obliged to conclude an insurance contract, the claimant is entitled to the same amount of indemnity – up to the coverage limits set by the law – as if any of the liability insurers would have to settle the loss on the basis of a valid insurance contract.