Insurers cast doubt on impact of ‘cycling awareness’ scheme on premiums

Cyclists in city traffic

Insurers have cast doubt over the viability of government proposals to reduce insurance premiums for motorists who have signed up to a cyclist awareness course.

The Association of British Insurers said it would be hard to see how greater training to prevent motor collisions with cyclists would have any impact on premiums.

The proposal was among a raft of measures announced by the Department for Transport, to protect cyclists on the roads.

Key to the scheme is a ‘Bikeability’ training scheme for drivers.

The Department for Transport said: “The action plan will also assess whether insurance companies could offer discounts to drivers and motorcyclists who have passed Bikeability training.”

However, a spokesperson for the ABI said: “We are unaware of this proposal. There have been no discussions between the ABI and the government on any proposals around motor insurance premiums and its Bikeability scheme.

“Insurers support improved road safety, but in 2017 less than 0.1% of motor claims involved cyclists, so it is hard to see how this could have any meaningful impact on premiums.”

Janet Connor, the AA’s director of insurance, said: “The suggestion that cycle Bikeability training of drivers could offer an opportunity to discount car insurance is interesting and we need to study the detail to see whether it would have any meaningful impact on premiums.”

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