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What is causing motor insurance to rise a staggering 58% in just one year?

Taxi and car insurance premiums have reached an unprecedented peak, with the average cost now standing at approximately £1,000. This represents a staggering 58% increase compared to figures from just a year ago.

The surge in prices is primarily attributed to a combination of inflationary pressures and external economic factors. Inflation, currently at about 3% in 2024, has been identified as the principal driver behind the climbing rates of car insurance premiums. The delay in claim settlements, compounded by economic fluctuations, has significantly impacted the insurance sector.

Further compounding the situation is the energy crisis, which has seen a 36% hike in energy bills since 2021, as reported by the House of Commons. This has directly influenced the rising costs of vehicle repairs, thereby pushing up insurance premiums.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has also highlighted a 33% increase in the cost of materials and labour for vehicle repairs since the early months of 2022. Labour costs alone have surged by 40% in the same period, further exacerbating the premium rates.

Supply chain disruptions have been another critical factor, with 77% of mid-sized businesses reporting significant impacts in 2023. These disruptions have extended the repair times for vehicles, necessitating a greater reliance on courtesy cars and, in turn, inflating insurance costs.

A significant policy change contributing to the rising insurance premiums is the 2022 ban on loyalty premiums by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The prohibition of price walking—offering lower prices to new customers while increasing costs for renewing customers—has led insurers to adopt higher premium rates from the outset.

The cumulative effect of these factors has precipitated a sharp rise in car insurance costs, affecting motorists across the UK. With premiums at an all-time high, the financial strain on car and taxi owners continues to mount, reflecting broader economic challenges.

A motoring industry spokesperson from said: “In the final quarter of 2023, the U.K. entered a recession that has affected all areas of life for people throughout the nation, including increasing the cost of car insurance premiums. 

“By following these expert tips, drivers may be able to reduce the price of their insurance premiums. It may also be worth changing suppliers mid-contract; there may be a mid-term cancellation fee, but many companies offer refunds for any cover that hasn’t been used. However, it’s important to remember that this can forfeit any no-claims discounts for the rest of the year.” 


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