The Association of British Insurers (ABI) and Thatcham Research are today (12 June) issuing an urgent call to carmakers and legislators for greater clarity around the capability of vehicles sold with technology that does more and more driving on behalf of motorists.
The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has committed to carrying out an inquiry into rising insurance costs and keeping volume discounts from their repairers.
According to TyreSafe, drivers are increasing their motoring costs as well as the risk of being involved in an incident by ignoring tyre maintenance. The organiser of Tyre Safety Month is reminding motorists that regular tyre checks are a ‘win-win’ as they will help road users stay safe and avoid unnecessary bills. To help them, TyreSafe has drawn together a list of tips as a reference guide.
RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle repairers, is encouraged to see that the Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation today on proposals which will reduce the unacceptably high number of whiplash claims, and allow insurers to cut premiums.
Seventy-four per cent of drivers think insurers should provide cover for damage caused by hackers accessing control systems in driverless cars, according to a survey by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.
Almost 1,200 people responded to the survey which sought opinions on what driverless cars will mean for them as the UK heads towards autonomous vehicles becoming mainstream. The results of this survey have been used to guide IAM RoadSmart’s response to the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles’ consultation, Pathway to Driverless Cars.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Boswell Aftermarket as its official insurance provider offering member exclusive rates on a number of products. Specialising in providing the independent aftermarket – including motor factors and established part suppliers – with insurance, IAAF members can now access a range of cost-effective insurance schemes which can be […]
The final requirements of the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) Private Motor Insurance Order were brought into effect on 1 August. It is claimed that the requirements, which apply to all providers of private motor insurance, have been put into place to reduce premiums for drivers. However, RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA) feel that the requirements are not, in themselves sufficient to reduce premiums.
We hear a lot in the news about the advent of driverless cars, with Volvo announcing recently that it would trial such vehicles next year in the UK. Obviously, producing driverless vehicles presents formidable technical challenges, but technology is by no means the only potential problem.
Caravan and motor home insurance specialist, Caravan Guard now offers a five per cent discount on its touring caravan insurance for TyrePal customers. After noticing a spike in insurance claims related to tyre blowouts in August 2015, Caravan Guard chose to introduce the discount to reward safety-conscious caravan owners that currently use a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Allianz Global Assistance UK, the roadside assistance expert, says that 1 in 5 calls it receives during January relate to tyre issues and, as predictions of snow to fall across the UK in the coming week hit headlines, the company is urging drivers to ‘be prepared’ by fitting winter tyres. This, says Allianz, will not only reduce braking distances by as much as 50 per cent in snow and ice, but can enable a car to stop 11 metres earlier on icy roads when travelling at just 20mph, making a crucial difference to road safety at this time of year.
A survey conducted by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance suggests that nearly 4 million Britons have converted garages into living space during past 20 years, while only 22 per cent of car owners usually park in a garage overnight. Garages are now being used as workshops (26 per cent), offices (20 per cent), bedrooms (13 per cent) or playrooms (7 per cent), while around 16 per cent are using the garage space as an extension of existing kitchens or living rooms.
Insurance broker Staveley Head has announced Kara Rouse from Derbyshire as the inaugural winner of the Trucker of the Year competition, in partnership with Trucking Magazine. Throughout October, the UK public nominated deserving HGV drivers from all over the country to be named as Staveley Head’s Trucker of the Year. The first of its kind, the competition aimed to showcase the unsung heroes of the trucking industry, whom for many trucking is so much more than just a day job.