Car hit by fallen tree? NParks may cover claim

In 2013, businessman Victor Yew (left) managed to recover 75 per cent of his repair costs of about $2,800 from NParks after a tree branch fell and hit his Volkswagen Golf R's windscreen and bonnet in front of TripleOne Somerset. He says he was compen
The owners of the white Toyota Estima and silver Kia Rio, both of which were parked in Turf Club Road, managed to recover repair costs of more than $12,000 in total for the damage to their cars caused by a falling tree branch on May 27, 2017. PHOTO: POON POONG MOTORS
In 2013, businessman Victor Yew (left) managed to recover 75 per cent of his repair costs of about $2,800 from NParks after a tree branch fell and hit his Volkswagen Golf R's windscreen and bonnet in front of TripleOne Somerset. He says he was compen
Both the damaged cars were repaired by Poon Poong Motors, which took photos of the damage to the cars (above). The workshop took six months trying to recover the costs from NParks on behalf of the owners. NParks' insurer eventually reimbursed the owners the repair costs through the workshop.PHOTO: POON POONG MOTORS
In 2013, businessman Victor Yew (left) managed to recover 75 per cent of his repair costs of about $2,800 from NParks after a tree branch fell and hit his Volkswagen Golf R's windscreen and bonnet in front of TripleOne Somerset. He says he was compen
Both the damaged cars were repaired by Poon Poong Motors, which took photos of the damage to the cars (above). The workshop took six months trying to recover the costs from NParks on behalf of the owners. NParks' insurer eventually reimbursed the owners the repair costs through the workshop.PHOTO: POON POONG MOTORS
In 2013, businessman Victor Yew (left) managed to recover 75 per cent of his repair costs of about $2,800 from NParks after a tree branch fell and hit his Volkswagen Golf R's windscreen and bonnet in front of TripleOne Somerset. He says he was compen
In 2013, businessman Victor Yew (above) managed to recover 75 per cent of his repair costs of about $2,800 from NParks after a tree branch fell and hit his Volkswagen Golf R's windscreen and bonnet in front of TripleOne Somerset. He says he was compensated within three months out of goodwill. ST PHOTO: JOYCE LIM

But it says public liability insurance payout is on case-by-case basis and each claim is assessed on its merit

The National Parks Board (NParks) says it has a public liability insurance policy which covers its legal liability for personal injury, loss or damage to property following a fallen tree incident.

But it will consider each case only on its merit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2019, with the headline 'Car hit by fallen tree? NParks may cover claim'. Print Edition | Subscribe