U.K. Drivers Getting Insured Online

March 28, 2007
Britain is leading the way on digital car insurance with a new proposal which the Government says will make it easier to get and renew cover.

The U.K.’s Department for Transport has published a proposal which will allow motor insurance certificates to be issued electronically. Currently the law requires them to be sent to policyholders by mail, but this is costly and time-consuming for the cover providers.

A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers, the industry’s umbrella organization, said it welcomed the move. “This is good news for customers and insurers. Over half of U.K. households are now online, and this will enable them to arrange motor insurance more speedily. This will be especially helpful when buying and taxing a vehicle quickly. It will also help insurers provide a faster, more cost-effective service to their customers.”

It’s as yet unclear what form the new certificates will take, but it seems obvious they will be sent out by E-mail rather than with the postal service.

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