Insurance Companies & Regulator Should Come Before Transport Committee About Older Vehicles

Insurance Companies & Regulator Should Come Before Transport Committee About Older Vehicles

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry

Saturday, July 25th 2015

KERRY Fine Gael TD and member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Brendan Griffin, is calling for motor insurance companies and the regulator to appear before the Transport Committee to explain their positions on insuring older vehicles.

Deputy Griffin has written to the Committee Clerk and Committee Chairman, John O’Mahony, to request their appearance without delay.

He said:

“The practice of some drivers being unable to obtain insurance because they drive older vehicles seems to be discriminatory. I want to see this practice discontinued and I believe that the insurance industry and regulator have questions to answer.

“We have a rigid NCT system in this country and older cars must get an annual NCT certificate. This surely is adequate regulation of the roadworthiness of older vehicles for insurance companies and I believe that they should accept this.

“The refusal to insure vehicles 15 years or older regardless of their roadworthiness sets a dangerous precedent. Will the limit be 12 years next and then 10 and then eight?

“The refusal of insurance is causing great difficulty for people who may not be in a position to buy a newer vehicle or who chose to keep their older vehicle. It needs to be addressed and the Committee would seem to be the place to do it.”

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Further information from Brendan on 087-6528841

 

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