The official source of the Alliance assured the Economic Journal that the car in which Pedro Santana Lopes and MEP candidate Paulo Sande followed when they had an accident in the A1, forcing the Alliance leader's hospital alliance, had a valid insurance contract with Tranquilidade. This information followed a story in the Friday edition of Correio da Manhã who reported that the Lexus had taken out insurance from the United Insurers that had expired on September 13, 2018.
According to the registration verification service provided by the Insurance Supervisory Authority (ASF), Correio da Manhã (CM) was not safe at the time of the accident, according to Friday. However, the same news added that "the verification of registrations may be out of date if the insurance has not yet been included in the database or if the insurer has not notified it."
Source of the Alliance had told Correio da Manhã that Santana Lopes' personal utility vehicle has a lease contract and that it will therefore be insured. The contract for the vehicle is "on behalf of the law firm Pedro Santana Lopes," said the same source.
According to the CM, until 13 September 2018 the policyholder was Caetano Auto SA. However, the company assured the CM this Thursday that it had sold the vehicle "in May 2018". But he did not explain why he had kept the insurance until September.
The leader of the Alliance was admitted to hospital on Thursday with a recommendation for rest after he was admitted to hospitals at the University of Coimbra on Wednesday after an accident in the A1.
(News updated at 3.20 p.m. with the official position of the Alliance)