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Catherine Carey
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August 04, 2022

Inflation continues to push up insurance costs for UK van drivers

Inflation continues to push up insurance costs for UK van drivers

  • The average van insurance premium trends upwards for the sixth consecutive month
  • The increases are down to spiralling claims inflation, as well as new rules introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority in January to tackle the practice of “price walking”.

Van insurance has increased 13.6% in the first half of 2022 for new business customers – with the more recent price jumps attributed to spiralling inflation, as well as the earlier increases being pinned on the introduction in January of new rules to tackle the practice of “price walking”, according to the latest data from insurance insights company Consumer Intelligence. In the UK, the average quoted cost of van insurance is now £1,156.

 

“Claims inflation is certainly feeding through to customers’ premiums – the increased cost of parts and labour, as well as supply chain issues,” says Harriet Devonald, product manager at Consumer Intelligence.

 

“Most insurers also increased their new business prices significantly in January as a result of the new rules to ban price walking, which were brought in by the Financial Conduct Authority.”

 

The FCA rules mean insurers are no longer able to offer new customers enticingly low premiums to win their business – with renewing customers only allowed access to the same deals as a new customer.

 

Long-term view  

Average premiums have now increased 49.8% since April 2014 when Consumer Intelligence first started collecting data.

 

Prices are now at their highest point since our records began.


Type of cover  

Drivers using their vans as a car substitute (£1,175) are now paying slightly higher premiums than those who use their vans for business (£1,150).

 

Premiums have risen 12.5% in the last 12 months for vans driven for personal and domestic reasons – under ‘social, domestic and pleasure’ (SDP) policies – whereas prices have increased just 12.1% for business users over the same period.

 

Age gaps 

All age groups have recorded double-digit increases to their motor insurance policies since the start of the year.

 

Even younger van drivers under the age of 25 – who have seen 20.4% wiped off the cost of van insurance in the eight years since Consumer Intelligence first started collecting the data in April 2014 – have now seen annual policies rise, on average, 10.6% so far in 2022. And for van drivers aged 25-49 and the over-50s, prices have risen even more steeply in 2022, at 14.0% and 13.9%, respectively.

 

A typical annual policy for a van driver under the age of 25 remains prohibitively high at £3,550. For those aged 25-49 premiums are now, on average, £851. While for the over-50s, an annual policy costs just £618.

 

Consumer Intelligence Van Insurance Index - Overall

Date range

Overall

Age 17-24

Age 25-49

Age 50+

Carriage Of Own Goods

SDP

All months

Apr 2014 to Jun 2022

49.8%

-20.4%

71.5%

67.6%

49.7%

51.7%

Last year

Jun 2021 to Jun 2022

12.2%

3.2%

13.7%

12.9%

12.1%

12.5%

Last 6 months

Dec 2021 to Jun 2022

13.6%

10.6%

14.0%

13.9%

14.2%

11.9%

Last 3 months

Mar 2022 to Jun 2022

6.9%

4.5%

7.1%

7.7%

7.0%

6.5%

Year to date

Dec 2021 to Jun 2022

13.6%

10.6%

14.0%

13.9%

14.2%

11.9%

Segment as proportion of batch (Jun 2022)

100%

13%

70%

17%

75%

25%

 

 


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