De-tariff third party motor insurance rates: IFTRT

Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training has demanded freeing of the third party motor insurance premium rates to make claims fair

Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT) has demanded freeing of the third party motor insurance premium rates to make claims fair.
Though regulation of the tariffs in the non-life sector was withdrawn in 2007, third-party motor insurance continues to be regulated.

"There is a need to abolish the Third Part Motor Insurance Loss Poll Account and while putting the ceiling on maximum claim to the accident victim, de-tariff the third party motor insurance to bring free play of market forces," IFTRT said in a statement.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has proposed to increase provisioning requirement for insurers providing motor insurance covers.

IRDA had increased the provisions made for motor pool to 153% of book value for the four years till 31 March 2010, against 126% currently maintained by insurance companies.

This is aimed at enhancing solvency margins and make higher provisioning for third-party motor pool.

The IFTRT said the IRDA should bring in structural changes in the rules and regulations for filing the third party claims and settlement of claims.
It also asked the authority to consider fixing a ceiling on the claim awards by motor insurance tribunals.

With effect from 25th April, the IRDA has hiked the third-party motor insurance premiums by 10% for private cars and two-wheelers and 68% for goods and passenger vehicles.

The third party motor insurance segment is marked by unlimited liability and numerous instances of inflated and fraudulent claims.

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