Online motor insurance certificates introducedEnvironmentally-friendly cover notes are now legal

29 April 2010

Car insurance

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Car insurance certificates can legally be emailed to policyholders from tomorrow. Currently only paper certificates, sent through the post or distributed in person, are valid. 

The announcement that motor insurers will be sending out legal electronic car insurance documents from 30 April will mean that policyholders can receive their policies more efficiently, via email or by accessing their insurer's website. Consumers will still be able to receive their policy documents by post. 

Green benefit

It is estimated that the new legislation will reduce the impact of detriment to the environment as up to 40 million hard copy certificates will not need to be published. It is estimated that this will save around 2,280 tonnes of CO2 and up to 9,750 trees. 

Graeme Trudgill from the British Insurance Brokers' Association said: 'After five years and discussions with numerous ministers, we are delighted to see these changes in legislation. This really will benefit everyone - a speedier service for clients and a real benefit for the environment. The post strikes really bought home the need for this change and we are delighted consumers will benefit from this.'

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