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“Price comparison website confused.com today released statistics which, as expected, reveal a dramatic increase in the cost of young women’s car insurance as a result of the EU gender directive introduced in December 2012. In the last quarter of 2012, premiums for women aged 17-20 went up 16.4 per cent to an average of £2,081.
“Long term statistics demonstrate that female drivers have fewer accidents than men. We also know that the high cost of insurance is one of the main factors in preventing people from getting on the road. We believe that this directive will do nothing to make our roads safer.
“Rewarding safer driving with lower insurance premiums is one way to encourage road safety, along with education and more rigorous training. Although our customers’ main objective is to gain their driving licence, here at RED, we are developing our training methods to enhance and promote safe driving. Enhancing road safety by teaching safe driving skills is fundamental to RED’s business ethos. We believe that it is only through quality tuition and greater education on safe driving practices that our roads will be safer.”
Comment from Ian McIntosh, CEO, RED Driving School