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Donegal records 44 claims against uninsured drivers 30.08.16

DONEGAL has seen 44 motor insurance claims against uninsured or untraced drivers so far this year, new figures reveal.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) statistics also show a 17% jump in the number of such claims nationally in the first six months of 2016.
About €60 million a year is paid out by the bureau on claims of this nature each year - leading to about €35 being added on to an average driver's annual policy.
From January 1 to July 31, there were 1,644 of claims countrywide compared to 1,409 last year.
The MIBI said Donegal had one less claim compared to last year's figure of 45. The highest number of claims were in Dublin (688) followed by Cork (129) and Galway (92). The MIBI said the overall increase would eventually push up insurance premiums.
The bureau's ceo David Fitzgerald said: “Every year the MIBI manages thousands of claims against uninsured or untraced drivers. That is the role this organisation was set up to fulfil since we were established by the Government and the insurance industry in the 1950s.
“As a not for profit organisation all our claims are funded by the motor insurance providers operating in this country, with the costs ultimately covered by Irish motor insurance customers.
"On average the MIBI pays out approximately €60 million a year for claims of this nature. We estimate that accounts for €35 within the cost of the average annual motor insurance premium."
Mr Fitzgerald said a key MIBI objective is to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on Irish roads.
"We are working with the Government, An Garda Síochána and other relevant agencies to help tackle this issue,” added Mr. Fitzgerald.
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