West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Insurance Premiums must come down for young drivers

Published: 29 May, 2012

Sinn Fein councillor Glenn Campbell has said he hopes that new measures being brought in to improve driver safety will bring down the price of car insurance premiums, particularly for young drivers.

On Tuesday the Environment Minister Alex Attwood proposed major changes in driver training and licensing. Councillor Campbell said if a reform of this sector was needed it should also include a commitment to driving down insurance premiums. At present insurers said they may consider such a move if the changes were implemented but as yet the definite intentions of insurers are not known.

Speaking on the issue councillor Campbell said:

"Along with a comprehensive raft of changes to the driving sector there also needs to be a focussed attempt to force premiums down for drivers, particularly young drivers, who in many cases cannot afford the large amount of money for insurance premiums. Although the insurance sector said they would consider reviewing premiums in the case of the proposals being implemented there is no definite plans to lower insurance premiums from these companies.

"Whilst I would agree with a number of the proposals unveiled I would have concerns regarding some elements of the proposals including the age at which people can attain a licence as well as the proposal that people would have to be trained for at least a year before sitting the practical test. I would like to see these proposals going to a public consultation before being implemented and certainly I would like this opportunity to have my say as I am sure many others would on these proposals.