Michael Fitzmaurice TD has re-iterated calls for government action on the rising cost of Motor Insurance Premiums, adding that “the scandal must be tackled once and for all”.
The Independent TD said “There are practical steps that the Government can take which will assist the reduction in motor insurance premiums. I have received figures this week which show the extent of the problem here in Ireland. The average payout for a whiplash injury in Ireland is €15,000 whereas in Italy and Spain it is €3,000 and in the UK it is €5,000. Another astonishing statistic is that 80% of claims in Ireland relate to whiplash injuries (the figure in France is 3%). This alone adds in the region of €130 to the cost of every motor insurance policy. Court awards on claims have risen in the region of 50% in the past two years. A total of 60% of the total cost of claims taken through the courts here are taken up with legal costs”
Michael Fitzmaurice continued “In addition, the Personal Injuries Board set up in 2004, has almost no powers at all and has been largely ineffective. They need to be given far more powers. Then we have had the Quinn insurance debacle which will cost insured drivers €1 billion Euro. Then we have had the collapse of Setanta Insurance and recently Enterprise Insurance which are being paid for by insured drivers as well. In no other industry are companies required to bail out competitors who have failed”.