News State Western Australia MP to pay for damaged vehicle

MP to pay for damaged vehicle

Troy Buswell's ministerial car is towed from his home on Roberts Road in Subiaco.
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Former WA treasurer Troy Buswell has agreed to pay for the damage he caused to his ministerial car and several other cars when he drove home from a wedding in February.

The State Government’s insurer RiskCover issued a statement on Friday night, saying Mr Buswell had withdrawn his claim for insurance cover and would pay for the damage himself.

This includes reimbursing RiskCover for the $15,000 it already paid for repairs to his ministerial car.

RiskCover said it received a reply from Mr Buswell’s lawyers on Friday after requesting further information relating to the crash.

“The response stated that Mr Buswell withdraws his claim for insurance cover from RiskCover under the Department of the Premier and Cabinet insurance policy,” it said in the statement.

“Mr Buswell will, from his own funds, pay for any damage caused to the third party vehicles when the Government vehicle he was driving on 22/23 February 2014 collided with them.

“Mr Buswell will pay RiskCover the amount it paid to repair the damage caused to the Government vehicle.”

In February, the then-treasurer smashed into several parked cars in Subiaco while driving home from a wedding.

The owner of one of those cars last week told a media outlet she was offered $3,000 by RiskCover on the proviso she had no contact with the media.

The letter of offer also reportedly stated that she agree to not commence any legal action against Mr Buswell.

In the wake of the crash Mr Buswell relinquished both his Treasury and Transport portfolios, and was fined and suspended from driving for a year.