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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Uninsured driver claims remain high despite drop

Cork was home to the second-highest number of claims, with 212 in 2017. Stock Image: Getty Images
Cork was home to the second-highest number of claims, with 212 in 2017. Stock Image: Getty Images

Laura Lynott

The number of insurance claims relating to uninsured or unidentified drivers remains high, with 41pc of all applications coming from the capital.

Last year, 2,758 claims were received by the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) and 1,140 of these came from Dublin. The figures were a 2pc decrease on 2016, when 2,802 claims were made. There was a jump of 242 more claims than in 2015.

"In 2016 we witnessed a significant step up in the number of claims the MIBI receives and that level was sustained in 2017," MIBI chief executive David Fitzgerald said.

"There are a number of factors behind this change, including the number of uninsured drivers operating on Irish roads.

"We have outlined our determination to tackle fraudulent claims and estimate one in eight of all claims we receive are suspicious."

Cork was home to the second-highest number of claims, with 212 in 2017.

Irish Independent

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