David Ward, Bradford East MP, has been exploring the hot-button issue by finding out the views of his constituents on who’s to blame for the spiraling cost of motor car insurance. The survey, said Mr Ward, was designed to find out the personal experiences people have had in regards to difficult situations related to insurance costs
The MP was immediately inundated with responses in one short week. Mr Ward said he was struck by how strong the feelings drivers have on the issue.
The Bradford East MP organised a city-wide summit concerning the cost of car insurance shortly after Denis Nunn, one of his constituents, told him that he had been quoted in excess of £26,000 to purchase third party, fire and theft cover for his son Jamie’s car. Mr Ward, a Liberal Democrat, remarked that the situation in many parts of Bradford was fast becoming completely preposterous, and has since distributed approximately 20,000 survey leaflets, spearheaded the creation of an online petition, and is scheduled to provide the Government with a 31 page report on the issue.
In his evidence gathering efforts for the impending report, Mr Ward has met with a myriad of people, including trading standards officials, consumer groups, car insurance companies, taxi drivers and driving instructors, and private motorists. An additional summit will be held on 23 August at Bradford City Hall in order to explore solutions to the problem of insurance premium hikes, which the MP will be chairing.