Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Dublin John Lahart has said the government must take urgent action to tackle exorbitant motor insurance costs.

A major demonstration against the rising cost of car insurance is taking place in Dublin later today. Protesters are calling for a probe into why premiums have shot up by almost 70% in the last three years and are seeking urgent action to address spiralling insurance costs.

Deputy Lahart, who is addressing today’s protest, explained, “Families across the country have been hit with extortionate premium costs over the past few years.  This trend is simply unsustainable and customers need a break.  It is imperative that the actions set out in a recently agreed Dáil motion on motor insurance, initiated by Fianna Fáil, are implemented without further delay.

“The passing of our motion last month was the first step in a process, which will hopefully clamp down on soaring motor insurance premiums. The motion called for the introduction of practical measures such as; the re-establishment of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board on a time limited basis; greater disclosure around policy renewal notifications; action on the settlement of cases and dealing with false and exaggerated claims.

“We are determined to ensure that consumers get a fair deal and the series of measures my party colleagues and I have proposed, would reduce these inflated premiums.

“Fianna Fáil will continue to hold the government to account on this issue and will be insisting that the proposals in our motion are acted upon. The onus is now on the Government to give effect to these measures and ensure that motorists are relieved of these relentless increases in motor insurance costs,” Deputy Lahart concluded.