Over-80s refused car insurance
by David Masters
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Motorists over 80 years old are being denied car insurance quotes, according to new research by Age Concern and Help the Aged.
Half of motor insurance companies will not provide car insurance to drivers aged over 80, their investigation found.
A significant number of insurers refused to provide quotes for any driver over the age of 65.
The offending companies include household names such as Zurich, AXA, and Aviva.
Age Concern and Help the Aged said denying insurance cover to older drivers irrespective of their health is age discrimination and puts unacceptable restrictions on people’s lives.
Being refused car insurance can mean people are prevented from visiting family and friends.
“It beggars belief that in 2010 a business is still able to refuse to deal with someone because of the date on their birth certificate,” said Andrew Harrop, head of public policy at Age Concern and Help the Aged.
“The insurance industry must wake up to the fact that more of us than ever are living longer, healthier and more active lives.
“Continuing to discriminate against our ageing population is not only bad for older people, it is bad for business.”