"More must be done" - Adrian Furness backs ABI motor reforms

25th February

Covéa Insurance has echoed the sentiments of the ABI’s recent warning which highlighted the implications of the stalling pace of reforms to the private motor market.

Covéa Insurance Claims Director, Adrian Furness comments:

“There’s still a lot more that can be done, to make the roads safer for young people and to strip out cost so that savings can be passed on to motorists in the form of lower premiums.

“The job of reforming the motor insurance market is far from finished; the disproportionate number of fatalities involving young drivers must be a priority. When there are ready solutions, proving successful in reducing the death toll in other countries, there should be a public outcry that more isn’t being done by our politicians to save young lives in the UK. This would also lead to lower premiums for young motorists, which remain much too high.

“We are also becoming increasingly concerned about the rise in claims costs caused by the unjustifiable and arbitrary practice of inflating the cost of ‘non fault’ claims and passing this on to the ‘at fault’ driver. The consequences of the CMA’s failure to address this issue are now being laid bare, with an explosion in the use of margin based operating tactics that is having a substantial impact on claims cost inflation. Unless action is taken, these abuses within the market will continue and any gains made as a result of the reforms will be lost.

“Although the Prime Minister was keen to point at what his Government has done for the industry to improve the way whiplash claims are handled, when he visited our office at the start of the year, there’s still much more that needs to be done and we would encourage the ABI, as the collective voice of our industry, to keep the pressure on our politicians so that these issues remain on the agenda both pre and post- election.”

 

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About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France and served 11.5 million policyholders, generating over 16.3 billion Euros in premiums in 2016.  

Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, designed to meet the needs of most individuals and businesses. Employing over 1500 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and featuring in the 2015 and 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Mid-sized Best Companies to Work For. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

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