Friday 2 December 2016

Ex-peacekeeper vows to go to war over spiralling insurance costs

David Raleigh

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

Alfie Earls: ‘Increase in insurance premiums is scandalous’. Photo: Brian Gavin / Press 22
Alfie Earls: ‘Increase in insurance premiums is scandalous’. Photo: Brian Gavin / Press 22

A former Irish UN peacekeeping soldier has declared war on car insurance costs after his own policy shot up by a whopping €2,376.

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Alfie Earls said he was "shocked" when his insurance company told him he'd have to fork out €4,376.18 to insure his six-seater taxi, even though he said he'd never claimed against his policy.

Last year he said he paid €2,300 for the policy.

"This is scandalous," Mr Earls said.

The 59-year-old said he intends to organise a protest march against rising car insurance costs.

"I'm a clean driver. This is totally wrong," he said.

"I'll organise a peaceful protest march, and I need people to come on board."

Mr Earls, who has been a customer of his insurance company for 18 years said good drivers should not be penalised.

"Last year I paid €2,300 and I didn't have an accident so I was thinking that it might fall down again this year. I thought they would be rewarding good drivers, safe drivers," the former peacekeeper said.

"I was totally wrong. It went straight up by €2,000."

After searching for cheaper insurance, Mr Earls said he has received an offer for the same policy terms with another firm. He said the policy is much cheaper than the one he was charged by the old company. "It's for the very same insurance, the very same cover, no difference," he added.

Irish Independent

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