Women drivers' premiums could rocketBritish MEP calls for major car insurance rethink
14 February 2011
Euro MP Arlene McCarthy is championing the cause of women drivers, pointing out that they cause far fewer accidents than men. Yet harmonisation of insurance quotes is expected to penalise female motorists.
Labour MEP for the North West, Ms McCarthy will tell the European Justice Commission today that it must re-assess its advocate general’s conclusion that it is legally inappropriate for insurers to consider gender when providing quotes for car insurance.
Car cover ‘common sense’
Arlene McCarthy estimates that women’s insurance premiums could rise by 25%. She says: ‘The statistics show that women have fewer accidents than men so why should women have to pay more for car insurance? UK Department for Transport figures for 2005 show that 95% of driving offences causing death or bodily harm were committed by young men. In fact for all offences listed in no section did the percentage of young men committing offences fall below 82%.’
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