Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (830)

Michael McGrath

Question:

830. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when recommendation 29 of the cost of insurance working group will be implemented; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31434/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Recommendation 29 of the Cost of Insurance Working Group is to develop a protocol to provide that industry use the driver licence number to check driver details on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF).

Delivery of the capability to capture and validate driver number details will require both an initial industry-wide start date for the collection of data for new policies and an extended period to allow for driver number details to be collected on renewals. Before insurance companies can start requiring customers to supply both their driver number details and those of their named drivers on the policy, amendments to the Road Traffic Acts will need to be in place. Mechanisms will have to be developed and agreed between the DTTAS and all insurers in order for them to gain access to the NVDF to validate driver numbers.