Beware insurance costs after driving offences

Beware insurance costs after driving offences

A new report from insurance comparison site has highlighted the financial penalties, from increased motor insurance rates, that that result from driving convictions.

Whilst the £60 fine for a speeding ticket, driving with defective tyres, or a traffic light offence and three point licence endorsement may seem bearable, the report highlights the ongoing financial penalty these driving offences can have on car insurance premiums.

The report looked at nine different motoring convictions and the effect that each offence had on car insurance. The summary was based on a 30-year-old male advertising account manager driving a five-year-old Ford Focus. In most instances the fine itself was less than the first year premium uplift. Such  increases in rates are then typically applied for up to five years after the date of the offence, so multiplying the penalty.

The findings suggested :

  • a speeding motorist will pay an additional £520 in total
  • a drunk driver will pay over £1,100 more
  • a driver causing serious injury when at fault may be penalised by £1,550 in the four years after they have served their typical two-year ban

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