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UK motor premiums rise in Q2

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Aug 2019

The cost of an annual comprehensive motor insurance policy in Britain rose 3.5% in the second quarter of 2019, lifted by a rise in the cost of claims, as reported in a recent survey.
The average premium for a comprehensive policy is now GBP789 ($992), according to the latest index from price comparison site, compiled by insurance broker Willis Towers Watson.
The report, based on price figures compiled using anonymous data from all enquiries submitted on Admiral’s site, said 2019 could see further price pressures.
Companies such as Admiral, RSA, Direct Line, esure and Hastings provide cover in Britain’s highly competitive motor insurance sector.
The premiums saw an average 5% annual increase, up around GBP27 from the previous quarter. British motorists are paying GBP37 more than they were paying a year ago.
“Ongoing claims inflation pressures” contributed to the price changes Willis Towers Watson UK lead property and casualty personal lines pricing Graham Wright said. Insurers say that fraudulent claims and more sophisticated technology in modern cars have led to an increase in the cost of claims.
Mr Wright said that a delay to April 2020 to reforms to cut down on fraudulent claims for whiplash injuries will add to pressures on rates.
The data is compiled from almost 6m customer quotes per quarter. A 
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