1 DASDRIVE ULTIMATE LEGAL PROTECTION KEY FACTS BROCHURE Act quickly after an accident and call us now on
2 2 DASDRIVE ULTIMATE If you ve been unfortunate enough to have been involved in a motor accident or motor legal dispute, you ll know how expensive and stressful it can be. DASDrive Ultimate offers you the comprehensive legal protection, specialist support and expert advice you need as a motorist, all packaged up into one neat, affordable product. With years of experience in the motor insurance and legal expenses market, we believe we can offer you an unrivalled pedigree of expertise offering you peace of mind knowing that you re protected. DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection is designed to help if you: suffer injury or incur losses which are not covered under your motor insurance policy, or need a replacement hire vehicle, following a motor accident that was not your fault, your vehicle is stolen or cannot be driven following theft, attempted theft, fire, vandalism or accidental damage you are responsible for, have been prosecuted for a motoring offence, have a contract dispute regarding the buying or selling of your vehicle, just need general legal advice.
3 HOW DASDRIVE ULTIMATE CAN PROTECT YOU COVER PERSONAL INJURY COVER RECOVERY OF UNINSURED LOSSES MOTOR PROSECUTION DEFENCE MOTOR CONTRACT DISPUTES REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE EUROPEAN LEGAL PROTECTION VEHICLE ID THEFT PROTECTION HELPLINE SERVICES 3
4 4 IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT If you are involved in a road traffic accident which was found not to be your fault, you are entitled under law to be put back into the position you would have been had the accident not taken place. With DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection, we will endeavour to recover losses not covered by your underlying motor insurance policy, this includes: Compensation for bodily injury or death of any person travelling in or on your vehicle, and medical and rehabilitation expenses Your policy excess under your comprehensive motor insurance policy. If we can recover your losses in full, your no-claims bonus should not be affected Accident repair costs if you do not have comprehensive insurance cover Compensation for damage to personal property belonging to any person travelling in or on your vehicle. Often, our fully trained and experienced motor claims handlers can negotiate full recovery of your claim outside the courts. If this is not possible, or where bodily injury is involved, we refer your case to a lawyer for further action. We pay all costs up to 100,000 for each claim, including solicitors and barristers fees, court costs and expenses for expert witnesses.
5 5 VEHICLE HIRE If the accident was entirely the other person s fault, and your vehicle cannot be driven, we can arrange to supply you with a replacement hire vehicle. We can also supply you with a replacement hire vehicle for up to 21 days if your car is stolen or cannot be driven following theft, attempted theft, fire, vandalism or accidental damage you are responsible for. EUROPEAN COVER Our legal protection cover applies to the United Kingdom and most other European countries. So, when you drive your car in Europe you have the peace of mind of knowing you have the benefit of DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection and our legal advice helpline. UNINSURED LOSS RECOVERY SCENARIO A motorist failed to apply the brakes and drove into the back of our insured s car. Our insured claimed on their motor legal expenses policy. DAS supplied a hire car and recovered the insured s policy excess from the party at fault.
6 6 IF YOU RE FACING A MOTOR PROSECUTION If you are facing a motoring prosecution, we can help provide legal protection to support you in court. Many of us rely on our driving licence for our day-to-day lives and losing it can have serious consequences. Every driver should be entitled to access good advice and be in a position to defend themselves should the worst happen. DASDrive Ultimate includes Motor Prosecution Defence cover which provides up to 100,000 in legal defence costs should you face a motoring prosecution. Our legal advisors will provide you with guidance on your offence, and should you face a prosecution, legal representation to defend your legal rights. Cover applies to all prosecutions, except parking or obstruction offences, insurance offences and challenging a fixed penalty notice. You must call us within 10 days of receiving the Notice of Intended Prosecution. MOTOR PROSECUTION DEFENCE SCENARIO Our insured was caught speeding and faced the possibility of being disqualified through totting up. The insured already had 7 points on their licence and with this new offence carrying a further 6 penalty points, the insured would most likely have been banned. Representatives acting for the insured were able to negotiate a reduction in the fine and number of penalty points imposed meaning the insured did not suffer a driving suspension. The legal costs involved in this case when defending the insured were paid by DAS.
7 7 IF YOU HAVE A CONTRACT DISPUTE RELATING TO YOUR VEHICLE The Sale of Goods Act 1979 states that goods must be of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose. Purchasing a car can have a large impact on your finances and should the car have problems which prevent it being used as intended, you want to be assured your legal rights are protected. If you find yourself in a motor contract dispute regarding an amount of 250 or more, we can help settle that dispute and make sure you don t end up out of pocket. MOTOR CONTRACT DISPUTE SCENARIO Our insured purchased a vehicle which almost immediately showed problems. The insured therefore contacted us seeking a solution to this problem. Our solicitors arranged for the vehicle to be independently inspected which concluded the vehicle was not of satisfactory quality when supplied to the insured. A claim was intimated to the seller and following negotiations with their solicitors, it was agreed that the seller would purchase back the vehicle for a percentage of the market value agreed by our insured. The costs involved in pursuing the claim were covered by DAS.
8 8 WHEN YOU JUST NEED SOME ADVICE Not all insurance policies require you to make a claim to enjoy their benefit and sometimes we just need to be pointed in the right direction. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our helpline provides advice on personal legal problems under UK law. Our legal advisers can handle all sorts of everyday legal queries. These include: Private sales and the pitfalls associated with buying and selling a car Buying a faulty car from a dealer Breach of contract (Supply of Goods and Services) such as car repairs Penalties for road traffic offences and possible defences Liability in road traffic accidents COUNSELLING We will also provide all our policyholders with a confidential counselling service over the phone. Our experienced counsellors are available to discuss any issue and offer completely confidential support and advice at a convenient time. Some of the concerns they deal with include stress, anxiety, depression, health related issues, relationship breakdown and bereavement. They are also able to provide all kinds of information and can offer referral to relevant professional or voluntary bodies which offer help and support. The insured is responsible for paying any costs for using those services to which DAS refers them.
9 9 ABOUT DAS As Europe s market leader and the UK s longestestablished legal expenses insurance company, DAS has an enviable reputation to maintain. DAS UK Group is an A-rated insurer and an important part of the international group of DAS companies. This, in turn, is part of ERGO one of the largest insurance groups in Europe. ERGO is ultimately owned by Munich Re, the world s largest reinsurance company. This prestigious ownership allows us to offer you comprehensive, marketleading support. Our legal and insurance professionals are all experts in their field, with in-depth knowledge of how the legal system works for both claimants and defendants. These professionals and the experience DAS has gained from over 35 years in business combine to give you a clear and decisive legal advantage. From the moment you call us, our specially trained motor claims handlers will assist you with all aspects of your claim.
10 POLICY SUMMARY This policy summary provides key information about DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection, which you should read. It does not contain full terms and conditions of the policy, which you can find in the DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection policy document. Unless otherwise agreed with the person who sells you this insurance, your cover will be valid for one year. DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection is a legal expenses insurance contract which helps you to recover uninsured losses and costs from the person responsible following a motor accident, defends you against motoring prosecutions and assists you in contract disputes related to your vehicle. DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited ( DAS ) is the underwriter and provides the legal protection insurance under your policy. The legal advice service is provided by DAS Law Limited and/or a preferred law firm on behalf of DAS. The handling of your claim, via the Motor Claims Centre is provided by DAS Law Limited on behalf of DAS. Features and benefits Significant exclusions or limitations Policy section 10 We will resolve an insured legal problem, either ourselves or through external lawyers and other experts that we will appoint. We will appoint our preferred choice of law firm to deal with your claim and will pay their costs and expenses, which include opponents costs. Reasonable prospects (other than in respect of insured incident 2 Motor prosecution defence) exist for the duration of the claim. The most we will pay for all claims resulting from one or more events arising at the same time or from the same originating cause is 100,000. The most we will pay in costs and expenses is no more than the amount we would have paid to a preferred law firm. The amount we will pay a law firm (where acting as an appointed representative) is currently 100 per hour. This amount may vary from time to time. Costs incurred before we have accepted a claim. Unless we agree to start legal proceedings or there is a conflict of interest, we are free to choose the representative who will help you. Page 9, LEGAL PROTECTION: OUR AGREEMENT 1 Page 9, LEGAL PROTECTION: OUR AGREEMENT: WHAT WE WILL PAY (a) Page 9, LEGAL PROTECTION: OUR AGREEMENT: WHAT WE WILL PAY (b) and WHAT WE WILL NOT PAY Page 12, POLICY EXCLUSIONS 2 Page 13, POLICY CONDITIONS 1 (a) and (b)
11 11 Features and benefits Significant exclusions or limitations Policy section 1 UNINSURED LOSS RECOVERY AND PERSONAL INJURY Costs and expenses incurred to recover uninsured losses after an event which causes: The prospects that an insured person will recover losses or damages must be at least 51%. Page 9, LEGAL PROTECTION: OUR AGREEMENT 1 (a) (b) damage to the insured vehicle or to any property belonging to an insured person in or on the vehicle; and/or death or bodily injury to an insured person whilst travelling in or on the insured vehicle. Anyone claiming must be in or on your vehicle with your permission when the damage and/or injury is caused. The insured vehicle being used by anyone, with your permission, who does not have valid motor insurance. Page 5, THE MEANING OF WORDS IN THIS POLICY: INSURED PERSON Page 10, INSURED INCIDENTS: 1 UNINSURED LOSS RECOVERY: WHAT IS COVERED (a) and (b) Page 12, POLICY EXCLUSIONS 5 2 MOTOR PROSECUTION DEFENCE Costs and expenses incurred to defend an insured person s legal rights if they are prosecuted for a motoring offence in connection with the use or ownership of the insured vehicle. The insured person must notify us within 10 days of receiving a written Notice of Intended Prosecution, or as soon as reasonably possible if the insured person is notified of a prosecution any other way. Parking or obstruction offences, insurance offences or challenging a fixed penalty notice. Page 10, INSURED INCIDENTS: 2 MOTOR PROSECUTION DEFENCE: WHAT IS COVERED Page 10, INSURED INCIDENTS: 2 MOTOR PROSECUTION DEFENCE: WHAT IS NOT COVERED 3 MOTOR CONTRACT DISPUTES Costs and expenses incurred in respect of a dispute arising from an agreement or an alleged agreement which you have entered into in a personal capacity for the: You must have entered into the agreement or alleged agreement during the period of insurance, and the amount in dispute must be more than 250 (including VAT). Page 10, INSURED INCIDENTS: 3 MOTOR CONTRACT DISPUTES: (i) and (ii)
12 12 Features and benefits Significant exclusions or limitations Policy section 3 MOTOR CONTRACT DISPUTES (CONTINUED) (a) buying, selling, hiring or insurance of the insured vehicle or its spare parts or accessories (b) service, repair or testing of the insured vehicle. The settlement payable under an insurance policy (we will cover a dispute if your insurer refuses your claim, but not for a dispute over the amount of the claim). Page 10, INSURED INCIDENTS: 3 MOTOR CONTRACT DISPUTES: WHAT IS NOT COVERED 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE (following a non fault accident) We will make the arrangements for vehicle hire for you within the countries covered and we will pay your vehicle hire costs following an accident involving the insured vehicle and another vehicle. If this is not possible we will still seek to recover your uninsured losses for the loss of use of your vehicle. Replacement vehicle hire costs are payable only if the accident was entirely the other person s fault and your vehicle cannot be driven. We will choose the vehicle hire company and the type of vehicle to be hired. We will decide how long a vehicle can be hired for. You must tell us as soon as the insured vehicle becomes available for you to drive again. A replacement hire vehicle will only be provided if you meet the age and licensing rules of the vehicle hire company we choose and you must follow any terms and conditions of hire. If a replacement vehicle is unavailable we will seek to recover your uninsured losses for the loss of use of your vehicle. Page 10, INSURED INCIDENTS: 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: WHAT IS COVERED (a) and (b) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (ii) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (iii) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (iv) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (v) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE
13 13 Features and benefits Significant exclusions or limitations Policy section 4b REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE (following a fault accident or theft, attempted theft, fire or vandalism) We will make the arrangements for vehicle hire for you within the countries covered and we will pay your vehicle hire costs if the insured vehicle is a write off, total loss or cannot be driven following theft, attempted theft, fire, vandalism or accidental damage an insured person is responsible for. We will only pay vehicle hire costs for up to 21 days, or until your vehicle can be driven again if this is sooner. Your vehicle must be undriveable. If a crime has been committed it must have been reported to the police. We will choose the vehicle hire company and the type of vehicle to be hired. A replacement hire vehicle will only be provided if you meet the age and licensing rules of the vehicle hire company we choose and you must follow any terms and conditions of hire. You will be responsible for paying an excess to the vehicle-hire company if the hire vehicle is damaged during the hire period. 4b REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: WHAT IS COVERED 4b REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: WHAT IS COVERED (a) 4b REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (i) 4b REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (iv) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (v) 4a REPLACEMENT HIRE VEHICLE: PROVIDED THAT (v) 5 TELEPHONE HELPLINES Legal Advice Service Advice on personal legal problems under UK and EU law. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calls for advice in countries outside of England and Wales are available 9am- 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public and bank holidays. Page 3, LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE
14 14 Features and benefits Significant exclusions or limitations Policy section 5 TELEPHONE HELPLINES (CONTINUED) Tax Advice Service Personal taxation advice under UK law. Available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public and bank holidays. Health and Medical Information Service Help and information on health and fitness. Available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public and bank holidays. Counselling Service Our qualified counsellors provide support in dealing with worrying problems. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no cover for the costs of using referral services. Page 3, TAX ADVICE SERVICE Page 3, HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATION SERVICE Page 3, COUNSELLING SERVICE Countries covered Page 5, THE MEANING OF WORDS IN THIS POLICY: COUNTRIES COVERED Law that applies This policy is governed by the law that applies in the part of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man where you normally live. Otherwise the law of England and Wales applies. Page 15, POLICY CONDITIONS 14
15 15 CANCELLATION RIGHTS We hope you are happy with the cover DASDrive Ultimate Legal Protection provides. However, you can cancel the policy without notice within 14 days of taking it out. After this you can cancel it at any time by telling the person who sells you the policy, but you must give 14 days notice of cancellation. We can cancel this policy at any time as long as we give you at least 14 days notice. You can ask the person who sells you this insurance about getting a refund of premium if you cancel the policy. MAKING A CLAIM You must give DAS details of any claim as soon as possible. Act quickly after an accident and call us on to report a claim. Please call if you are facing a motoring prosecution or have a motor contract dispute. If you are calling outside of the UK, please phone us on The telephone line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Motor Claims Centre is available 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm Saturday and 9am - 5pm on bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day and New Year s Day). If you call outside these times we will take details of your claim and call you back.
16 HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT We always aim to give you a high quality service. If you think we have let you down, please write to our Customer Relations Department at our DAS Head Office address below. Or you can phone us on or us at If you are still not satisfied, you can contact the Insurance Division of the Financial Ombudsman Service at: Exchange Tower London E14 9SR. You can also contact them on: (free from a landline), (free from some mobile phones) or them at Website: Your complaint may be more suitably handled by a comparable complaints scheme, the Legal Ombudsman Service. You can contact the Legal Ombudsman Service at: PO Box 6806 Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ. You can also contact them by telephone on or them at Website: Using these services does not affect your right to take legal action. DAS Head and Registered Office: DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited DAS House Quay Side Temple Back Bristol BS1 6NH 16 DAS is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if DAS cannot meet its obligations. This will be dependent on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim. You can get more information about the compensation scheme arrangements from the FSCS website,
17 17 QUALITY POLICY Our aim is to meet your expectations and needs by providing quality products and services. This has been recognised by our ISO9001 quality rating and Investors in People Award. Every one of our employees is a responsible member of our team and we expect them to make sure that the quality of the product and service you receive is always maintained. HOW DO YOU ARRANGE COVER? Nothing could be more straightforward. Simply pay the appropriate premium (plus tax) direct to your insurance adviser. If you would like more information first, please ask your adviser for a copy of the policy wording.
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20 MAKING A CLAIM ACT QUICKLY AFTER AN ACCIDENT Call us now on to report a claim. Quote scheme reference no. TS0/ If you are calling outside of the UK, please phone us on For more about making a claim, please see page 16. Call if you are facing a motoring prosecution or have a motor contract dispute. DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Head and registered office: DAS House, Quay Side, Temple Back, Bristol BS1 6NH Registered in England and Wales Company Number Website: DAS Law Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority Registered number DAS Law Limited Head and registered office: North Quay, Temple Back, Bristol BS1 6FL Website: Registered in England and Wales Company number DAS