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Posted: 14/3/2012

Labour joins protest at new motor insurance rules

The Labour party claims EU non-discrimination rules taking effect in motor insurance at the end of this year could cost the average woman driver £362 a year.

Under the new rules, insurers cannot charge different prices solely on the grounds of gender. Labour claims Full Story

Posted: 26/2/2012

Black box scheme could cut motor insurance costs

The AA has become the latest insurer to offer discounts to customers who agree to fit a tracking device that monitors their driving.

The Drivesafe scheme involves fitting a black box that can measure braking and acceleration, speed, cornering and the times at which the car is driven. Customers are quoted an initial annual premium, to be paid in instalments. If their driving meets and maintains the Full Story

Posted: 13/1/2012

North bears brunt of motor insurance hike

The average cost of UK motor insurance rose by 4.9% for fully comp and 10.2% for third party last year. But the price changes varied significantly across the country.

Many Northern England areas saw average rises of more than 14%, with Bradford worst hit with a 17.1% hike. However drivers in Scotland, who already paid the lowest premiums, saw an overall decrease in rates. Falkirk had the biggest Full Story

Posted: 16/12/2011

Motor insurance certificates get the axe

The government has ditched the need for motor insurance certificates, a move that's billed as part of an effort to cut red tape for motorists.

The move will mean drivers no longer need to have either a paper or electronic certificate. The abolition of the requirement is partly because it is rarely if ever needed in practice as police can check insurance details using the Motor Insurance Database, which is updated Full Story

Posted: 9/12/2011

Regulator cracks down on potential car insurance cartel

Six motor insurers have agreed to limit the way they use an IT system that allowed them to share information about prices. The Office of Fair Trading took action over fears the system allowed a price cartel.

The system involved credit agency Experian running an "information exchange" using software from SSP limited. The six insurers using the system were Ageas, Aviva, AXA, Liverpool Victoria, RBS and Zurich.

Each of the firms was able to check prices being charged by Full Story

Posted: 14/10/2011

Motor insurance premiums drop - but not for all

The average cost of a comprehensive motor insurance policy has dropped slightly over the past three months. But the long-term pattern is still steep rises, with the extra cost paid by young drivers rocketing.

Research for the Watson Car Insurance Price Index
showed that between July and September, average comprehensive costs dropped by 1.6%. However, across the past Full Story

Posted: 2/9/2011

Northern Ireland motor insurance costs under scrutiny

The Office of Fair Trading has been asked to investigate why motor insurance premiums in Northern Ireland is dramatically higher than the rest of the UK.

The Consumer Council has made a formal complaint to the OFT after its research found the average price of car insurance in Northern Ireland is £920, which is 84% higher than on the mainland. It says the average cost has risen by 70% in just two Full Story

Posted: 26/8/2011

Car insurance comparison site denies 50,000 quote

A Bradford woman claims to have been quoted £53,000 to insure a Vauxhall Corsa. But the website concerned denies this could have happened.

The case of 20-year-old Leah Groves was raised by her MP David Ward. She said most quotes she was offered were in the region of £7,000 to £8,000 but that one quote on Gocompare was for £53,000. The site says this is impossible as it Full Story

Posted: 18/8/2011

Tracker technology helps young drivers battle rising premiums

A company specializing in motor insurance for young drivers has cut premiums by 17%, crediting the success of its tracker technology.

Young Marmalade required customers to have a black box fitted to their car which tracks the time of day the car is driver, speed, and measures such as acceleration and braking that could indicate safe or dangerous driving. Customers get an initial quote, but Full Story

Posted: 8/8/2011

Motor insurance costs for young drivers hit new high

The average cost of a motor insurance policy for young men has broken the £4,000 a year barrier for the first time -- and it's a record that may stand for several years.

The average comprehensive policy for males aged 17 to 20 is now estimated at £4,006 by and consultants Towers Watson. The companies noted that when you add in the costs of running a car, somebody on an Full Story

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