Insurer sells third party vehicle policy for N8,000 in licensing office

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Chuks Udo Okonta

An insurer is selling third party vehicle insurance policy at N8,000 at a licensing office as against stipulated N15,000 by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Inspenonline can report.

Posing as if he wants to buy a policy, our reporter called an officer who works at a licensing in Ogun State and he was told by the officer that third party policy premium has gone up, but as the reporter pressed further to negotiate he was asked to pay N8,000.

The reporter then sought to know insurance products available and the name of an existing underwriter was mentioned as the firm whose product is available as at the moment.

This medium also called an auto registration agent who operates in Lagos and Ogun, to ascertain the present cost of third party vehicle insurance and his response was that the policy is now sold for N15,000.

Asked if motorists are buying the policies, he said few motorists are buying, while some are waiting to see if the premium would be reduced by insurers.

Concern stakeholders have implored motorists to embrace the new premium regime as it provides enhanced benefits, such as limit of damage moving from N1 million to N3 million and usage of policy across West Africa sub-region.

Former Executive Secretary, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) Fatai Adegbenro, said the actions taken by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) would be beneficial to all the stakeholders, adding that postponing the implementation would have negative effects more on the motorists and the public that may suffer loss or damage as a result of putting vehicles on the roads.

He noted that the costs of vehicles and repairs have gone up astronomically as a result of inflation, hence, the need to have higher limits of third party limits of liability.

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He maintained that failure to do this might pose a great danger and embarrassment to all the stakeholders as the primary purpose of making the third party motor insurance compulsory may be defeated.

Adegbenro submitted that it is part of the primary responsibilities of NAICOM to protect the policyholders and the public that may suffer loss or damage.

“It is a step in the right direction that everyone should embrace and support.
If a motorist who cannot afford an extra ten thousand premium incurred a liability of N1.7 million or N2 million plus and the old policy limit was N1 million. How is such a negligent motorist able to raise the difference of either N700k or N1 million plus?” he enquired.

He wondered what will be the fate of the third party that has suffered the loss or damage if the negligent motorist cannot afford the extra payment to make good the lose suffered?

Another insurance expert, Omoya Lawrence, said the revised third party insurance tariff is overdue and NAICOM has taken a right step.

He noted that similarly the National Insurance Commission (NIC) in consultation with Ghana Insurer’s Association had revised the motor tariff upward due to the current economic challenges, adding that the implementation of the new motor third party in Ghana has commenced on January 1, 2023.

“This is second time the NIC will revised the premium within three years, but the interest of the consumers was taken into consideration in term of the percentage increase, wide public awareness and publicity,” he posited.


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