Car insurance ruling worries women

Almost one in three female motorists aged between 17 and 24 have admitted they would consider driving without car insurance if a recent legal ruling results in their premiums increasing.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that gender must not be taken into account when car insurance premiums are being worked out and the Association of British Insurers estimates women drivers below 25 could see payments go up by about a quarter.

A survey of 3,000 motorists found that 35% of women aged between 17 and 24 would consider driving without insurance if their premiums increased hugely.

If premiums rose by 25%, some 12% of young women motorists said they could be forced to give up driving while 11% indicated they would need to look for a second job to afford their car insurance payments.

Other findings from the One Poll survey included 15% claiming they would require a job closer to home to save in costs and one in 20 (5%) saying they would be unable to get to school or college as their insurance would prove too expensive.

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