The comments made by Jo Swinson, the then Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister for Equalities, on 21 December 2012.
This change from Europe is disappointing especially in these tough times when budgets are stretched. Insurers have no choice but to comply with the European Court of Justice’s ruling, but it means that for car insurance women are likely to face higher premiums and it could hit young women drivers particularly hard. So my message to women is simple: don’t take this lying down. Do your homework, shop around and nail the best deals. For motor insurance, new drivers might also consider taking extra qualifications like Pass Plus which can build driving confidence and cut insurance costs, and telematics policies which reward good driving behaviours with lower premiums.