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MIBI claims increase in Donegal 21.08.18

THE Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) recorded an increase in claims involving uninsured or untraced vehicles in Donegal during the first 7 months of the year.
In total 52 claims were recorded between the start of January and the end of July 2018, 6 up on the same period in 2017. This represented an increase of 13% year on year.
The MIBI was established to provide compensation to victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles.
Despite the increase for Donegal, nationally the MIBI has recorded an 8 percent decline in claims, with 144 fewer claims being made by the end of July this year when compared to the same period in 2017.
The impact of the MIBI’s anti-fraud strategy has been credited with helping to reduce the number of claims throughout the country. This follows the 2017 introduction of a comprehensive plan by the MIBI to make it as difficult as possible for fraudulent claims to succeed. The strategy included measures to put the full weight of the MIBI’s internal and external resources behind investigating suspicious claims, working hand in hand with the Gardaí to look into these cases as well as legally contesting such claims and bringing them to trial to be scrutinised by the full power of the courts.
Speaking about the figures, Chief Executive of the MIBI, David Fitzgerald said, “It is positive to see that the number of claims from around the country is starting to reduce.
“According to our handlers, since we adopted our ‘Fighting Fraud’ strategy, which involves a zero tolerance approach to fraud, there has been a noticeable decrease in the number of claims where the evidence does not back up the case being made.
“Fraudsters are starting to get the message that if they want to make a fictional claim to the MIBI then they will have to be prepared to have that claim put through microscopic examination. Any such claims from Donegal or any other part of the country will be thoroughly investigated by the MIBI working in co-operation with the Gardaí. If the evidence still doesn’t add up, they will be brought before the courts. The days of easy settlements for nonsense claims are definitely over.
“The MIBI would like to make it clear that those who have a real claim have nothing to worry about. The MIBI has always been a pro-victims organisation and when the claim is real and justified we support the claimant. However, protecting victims also means reducing fraud as much as possible." Mr. Fitzgerald concluded.
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