Brits Brace For Unisex Car Insurance
They call it the Gender Directive.
Really, they do.
Starting Dec. 21, insurance companies in the European Union won't be able to use gender as a factor when they calculate rates for auto and life insurance.
If you are a British man, you are probably very happy, because you pay a lot more for “cover” than your fairer-sex counterparts. For example, personal finance site Confused.com says the average British man under 20 pays $4,675 a year, but the average woman under 20 pays $2,441.Britain, Ireland and Italy are expected to see the greatest changes in rates in the wake of a European Court of Justice ruling last year, which extends its 2004 Gender Directive into the realm of financial and insurance contracts. No one knows exactly how the EU's chromosome-agnostic car insurance rates will shake out, but experts expect a dramatic rise in what female drivers pay -- especially the young ones. Online shopping site Gocompare's head of motor insurance, Scott Kelly, says: "We expect to see premiums equalized at the higher male rate rather than the lower rate for females.” Here's what the difference between the sexes looks like in the U.S. for young drivers, based on a sample of 60,000 car insurance quotes delivered through CarInsurance.com's comparison engine:
|16||$ 3,689||$ 4,287||16%|
|17||$ 3,399||$ 3,682||8%|
|18||$ 3,003||$ 3,305||10%|
|19||$ 2,371||$ 2,627||11%|
|20||$ 2,260||$ 2,502||11%|
|21||$ 2,014||$ 2,239||11%|
|22||$ 1,897||$ 2,033||7%|
|23||$ 1,791||$ 1,857||4%|
|24||$ 1,713||$ 1,790||4%|
|25||$ 1,616||$ 1,593||-1%|
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