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Posted: 3/7/2011

Personal injury referral fees under attack

The Information Commissioner's Office is investigating claims that motor insurers have been selling client details to personal injury laws.

The investigation follows complaints including one from former Justice Secretary and current MP Jack Straw. He argued that such behavior was unfairly increasing the number of personal injury claims and thus driving up premiums.

The issue involves Full Story

Posted: 4/6/2011

Drivers warned over foreign motoring cover

Holidaymakers are being warned that taking their car overseas could be an expensive proposition if they don't check the terms of their insurance properly.

A new survey by Moneysupermarket found that one in three drivers believed that a fully comprehensive policy would still be valid outside the UK. In many cases that is not the case.

Aside from a few companies, most insurers -- including many Full Story

Posted: 21/5/2011

Insurers demand crackdown on bogus whiplash claims

Motor insurers have demanded a crackdown on bogus claims for whiplash injuries. It follows the publication of a series of statistics that bring into question the legitimacy of many claims.

According to the Association of British Insurers, one in every 140 people claims for a whiplash injury each year. That's 1,200 a day, a rate six time higher than that of people suffering injuries while at work.

The ABI also noted that three-quarters of personal injury claims now involve Full Story

Posted: 29/4/2011

Motorists confused about car insurance fronting legality

Most drivers remain unaware that "fronting" on an insurance policy is illegal, according to a new survey.

Fronting means listing one person as the main driver of a car and then putting the person who actually uses the car the most as an additional named driver. It's most commonly associated with parents falsely listing themselves as a main driver to allow a teenage child (usually a son) to be covered by the policy without paying the huge premiums they would normally Full Story

Posted: 15/4/2011

Car insurance rates rise by 40%

Car insurance premiums have risen by what's thought to be the fastest rate in history. The AA says that in the past 12 months, average rates across the industry have gone up by 40%.

The average comprehensive policy is now £892, while the average third party, fire and theft policy is now £1,533. That might seem illogical, but it's explained by the fact that the latter policy is more Full Story

Posted: 1/4/2011

Footballer jailed over car insurance scam

An amateur footballer has been jailed for a year after attempting to scam an insurer out of more than a million pounds.

James Shikell was involved in a car accident in 2002 and later received a £30,000 payout from the Motor Insurers' Bureau's compensation scheme that covers cases such as this, where the at-fault driver is uninsured.

However, Shikell claimed that his injuries were so severe that Full Story

Posted: 18/3/2011

Co-operative launches "Pay How You Drive" car insurance

A scheme that launched this week could mean significant insurance premium reductions for young drivers prepared to have their driving activity monitored.

The scheme, offered by Co-operative Insurance, involves a small "Smartbox" device being attached to the car, usually under the bonnet or dashboard, with the device transmitting data back to the insurer.

Premiums would then vary Full Story

Posted: 11/3/2011

Continuous car insurance law will make bargain hunting even more important

New rule changes mean drivers will need to shop around for motor insurance renewals early or face an unappetising choice between a potentially overpriced premium and a hefty fine.

That's because of a new system named Continuous Insurance Enforcement that takes effect later this year. At the moment it's only a crime to drive an uninsured car. Under the new rules, it's an offense simply to own a car that isn't insured. The days of leaving a vehicle in the Full Story

Posted: 25/2/2011

Motor insurance gender divide under threat

Female drivers could pay higher prices for insurance if an expected European ruling bans price discrimination. But young men could be big winners.

The ruling, due on 1 March, will come from the European Court of Justice. It looks set to uphold a policy that insurers cannot discriminate on grounds of gender alone. That means that a man and woman who otherwise had identical risk factors would have to be offered the same price. If the rules are changed, its though insurers would have to Full Story

Posted: 28/1/2011

18th birthday spoilt by car insurance quote

A Leeds man who was promised a car for his 18th birthday has been disappointed after being quoted £5,700 for a year's insurance.

The BBC reports that David Cockayne had promised to buy son James a Vauxhall Corsa to celebrate both turning 18 and passing his test. But he says he has tried comparison sites, direct retailers and independent brokers, and failed to get below the £5,700 cost -- and that's just for third-party cover.

A spokesman for the British Full Story

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