The continuing steep rise in car insurance costs has finally led to the inevitable milestone: the average cost of a comprehensive policy now exceeds £1,000 a year.
The figures come from the AA, which measures the cheapest policy on offer across all insurers for each of a variety of driver types. It puts the overall average at £1,034, up 8.5% on last year. In reality the "average" driver could be paying even more if they don't shop around.
Young drivers continue to be the hardest hit, with the average 17-22 year old male being charged £2,792. Prices for young women are also up at £1,995, and in theory the price divide between the sexes should disappear completely once new European rules banning price discrimination on gender grounds take effect.
There's also still a distinct regional divide: Manchester and Merseyside were most expensive at £1,648, while Scottish motorists pay just £727.
Simon Douglas of the AA said that as well as the ongoing problems of expensive (and sometime bogus) personal injury claims, prices were being pushed up by fraudulent applications. He said this may be tackled by allowing insurers greater access to data held by the DVLA.