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29 Jul 2011

We were horrified this week when we heard that one Yorkshire woman was quoted £50,000 for car insurance. Yes, you read that correctly – £50,000! Leah Graves, from Bradford, wasn’t insuring a cruise liner, a fighter jet or even a Porche but an ordinary bog-standard old banger typically driven by first-time car buyers.

Most thirty-something experienced drivers would not be able to afford that, never mind a 20-year-old who has just passed her test. This places car ownership completely out of her reach and Leah has despaired of ever buying her own car. She was so desperate that she contacted her local MP David Ward to find out if he could do anything to help. He brought Leah’s case to the attention of the Prime Minister and urged the Government to clamp down on insurers.

Mr Ward said: “I raised Leah’s case with the Prime Minister because it is a good illustration of a system that is clearly broken. Everyone expects less experienced drivers to pay a bit more but for a 20-year-old to be quoted these amounts is just obscene.”

“It cannot be acceptable that we have a situation where thousands of young people in Bradford are simply deemed not worth insuring for any reasonable price. This issue is starting to have a huge impact on people’s quality of life and the Government now has to step in and do something about it.”

And he’s right. The cost of car insurance has been steadily creeping up in recent years to such an extent that owning a car has become impossible for many young drivers. We accept that young drivers will pay more for car insurance – after all, they’re less experienced – but £50,000 is ridiculous. Something needs to be done about this crack-pot system or we will have a nation of qualified drivers catching the bus.


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