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OFT looks at car insurance costs

The Office of Fair Trading has issued a ‘call for evidence’ on the car insurance market

The consumer watchdog is to put motor insurance under the spotlight after drivers faced average premium increases of up to 40% in a year.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has issued a “call for evidence” as it looks to establish if any competition or consumer issues need to be addressed to improve the motor insurance market.

The role of price comparison sites will be examined by the OFT as it gathers evidence, and particular focus will be given to reports suggesting premiums are significantly higher in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK.

The “shoparound average” for annual comprehensive car insurance cover rose by 40.1% for the 12 months to 31 March, according to the AA’s British insurance premium index.

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