Car insurers accused of scamming Irish motorists with 42% premium hike despite claims dropping by 40%
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Car insurers accused of scamming Irish motorists with 42% premium hike despite claims dropping by 40%

CAR INSURANCE COMPANIES in Ireland have been accused of scamming motorists following the release of a new report.

A new report on the cost of car insurance, compiled using data from the National Claims Information Database (NCID), has been published by the Central Bank of Ireland, and the results were eyebrow-raising.

It found that despite the number of claims dropping by 40% in the last ten years, the cost of insuring your vehicle has risen, on average, by a whopping 42%.

The average motor insurance premium has increased from €498 in 2009 to €706 in 2018.

This is despite the average cost of claims per policy falling 2.5% from €437 in 2009 to €426 last year.

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Irish car insurance premiums are up 42% despite claims falling by 40% over last 10 years

The value of claims were an average of 75% of premiums, peaking at 94% in 2014 and dropping to 59% in 2017 before rising slightly to 60% last year. However, the average cost of a claim increased 64% in that time, with the value of injury claims up 54% and damage claims rising 2%.

The Alliance for Insurance Reform’s Peter Boland said the report laid bare "the scale of the greed that has driven the current insurance crisis, enriching insurance companies and lawyers at the expense of Irish motorists struggling to make ends meet.

"This situation has been enabled by a government too slow to react to the crisis and too weak to take on the big vested interests in order to make a difference," he added.

Gerry Hassett, chief executive of insurers' body Insurance Ireland, said the 64% increase in the average cost of claims since 2009 as being responsible for premium inflation.

"The findings of the National Claims Information Database are clear: claims costs are the key cost in the motor insurance market," he said.

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"The policy focus on reforming our personal injury award levels is critically important to address these costs."