So let me understand this.Same thing in the US, but here you can ask if a state is a "vicarious liability" state, in which case the vehicle (vessel) owner has liability regardless of how many intermediaries may be involved.
A car is sold by a Ford dealer to a leasing house. The leasing house leases it to a fast foods company. The company gives the car to an employee as a part of his salary package. The employee, with the company's permission allows his wife to drive it. She has an accident and someone is killed (not the wife, at least not right away ).
The leasing company is vicariously liable for the death of a bystander???
Wow!! Must be a nightmare for someone like Penske Leasing (who lease 200,000 vehicles)