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Consumer savings - Government drives to reduce the cost of driving

Date: 24/10/2013 08:32:14
Category: Insurance
Author: Laura Varley

Government ministers are aiming to reduce the cost of driving by targeting the cost of petrol on motorways, MOT prices and insurance premiums.    

According to bbc.co.uk, too many motorists make claims on their car insurance for whiplash injuries and as a result the premiums are being pushed up. Justice secretary Chris Grayling wishes to tackle this problem by severely reducing the amount of people who claim for such injuries.   

He plans to do this by setting up independent panels who will judge whether the injury is being exaggerated or not; as currently no medical evidence has to be submitted in order to make a claim.  

Mr Grayling commented: "It's not right that people who cheat the insurance system get away with it while forcing up the price for everyone else, so we are now going after whiplash fraudsters and will keep on driving premiums down." 

In addition, MOT centres will be forced to charge a maximum of £54.85 for the service until 2015 and road signs will be placed on motorways to inform drivers which upcoming petrol station has the cheapest fuel price, reports independent.co.uk.  

The effort to reduce petrol prices on motorways comes after the Office of Fair Trading discovered unleaded petrol tends to be 7.5p a litre more expensive from motorway petrol stations.

The changes are expected to be piloted next year.

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