ABI says Gov’t needs to o more to bring down insurance costs

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The Association of British Insurers says that the Government simply isn’t doing enough to bring down the costs of car insurance and van insurance for Brits.

Britons have had it up to here with high insurance premiums, the ABI said recently, and it has pointed the finger squarely at the Government for neglecting to move forward on reforms that would have aided the industry in bringing down the cost of insurance for everyone. When it comes to issues like unresolved reforms on the small claims track limit and the driving licensing regime, ABI director of general insurance policy James Dalton said that more has to be done to strip away unnecessary costs that are limiting the market. Doing so will help bring down insurance premiums, especially for younger drivers, Dalton added.

Premiums for both personal car insurance and commercial van insurance would plummet if the Government would increase the small claims track limit, the ABI says. Meanwhile a lack of the Government moving forward on changing testing and training for young drivers is making the roads more dangerous than they have to be, jeopardising the lives of younger motorists, and keeping their costs astronomically high, Dalton also said. A graduated driving licence regime would likely go a long way to resolve such issues, the ABI director said.

While the reforms to how younger drivers are taught to act behind the wheel is likely a help – especially if this ends up dropping the costs of their insurance as a result – I’m not quite as convinced about the small claims track limit. I’m sure it will help insurers keep their costs down, as more car insurance claims will go through the small claims system instead of being dealt with by high-powered and expensive solicitors, I also have a sneaking suspicion that this could deny access to justice for those who need it most – those injured in car accidents. Just how high the cap would be raised is one of those things that could make or break such an initiative, if you ask me.

I suppose we’ll see if the Government responds to the ABI’s criticism. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you, though.

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