According to the results of a recent survey, only 12 per cent of British motor car insurance policy holders feel that the Government has their best interests in mind.
Out of the more than 1,000 adult drivers polled by Autonational Rescue, a breakdown company, as to whether the Government was for the motorist or against it, only 12 per cent said they felt comforted by the steps the government has taken in managing the cost of motoring through steps such as legislation to reduce petrol prices and to improve access to discount car insurance. Meanwhile, 46 per cent of respondents said that the Government did not have the average motorist’s best interest in mind, while 38 per cent of drivers stated that ministers were neither against them nor for them.
When the Coalition government rose to power in May of 2010, Philip Hammond, former transport secretary remarked that the ‘war on motorists’ waged by car insurance companies would come to an end. However, users of the road have been subject to rocketing car insurance rates, increasing motoring taxes, and record-high petrol prices in the months since.
According to the survey results, 77 per cent of respondents believed that both male motorists and female ones should pay identical insurance premium prices, while 45 per cent remarked that gender should not be taken into consideration at all, demanding that a system based purely upon driving experience and age should be introduced as an alternative. However, thanks to a ruling by the European Court of Justice in the early months of 2011, insurance companies will no longer be able to use gender as a basis for premium prices.
Ronan Hart, marketing manager for Autonational, commented that the essence of the issue is that there is quit a bit that can be determined about a motorist simply whether they are male or female. All this will change, of course, Mr Hart added, once the ruling from the ECJ goes into effect in December of this year.