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Govt hikes third-party vehicle insurance premiums

New rates will take effect from June 1

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on Wednesday increased the third-party (TP) motor insurance premium for various categories of vehicles with effect from June 1, a decision that is likely to jack up the insurance cost of cars and two-wheelers.

According to the revised rates notified by the MoRTH, private cars with an engine capacity of 1,000cc will attract rates of Rs 2,094 compared with Rs 2,072 in 2019-20.

Similarly, private cars with an engine capacity between 1,000cc and 1,500cc will attract rates of Rs 3,416 compared with Rs 3,221, while owners of cars above 1,500cc will see a drop in premium from Rs 7,897 to Rs 7,890.

Two-wheelers over 150cc but not exceeding 350cc will attract a premium of Rs 1,366 and for two-wheelers over 350cc, the revised premium will be Rs 2,804.

After a two-year moratorium due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the revised TP insurance premium will come into effect from June 1.

Earlier, TP rates were notified by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). This is the first time that the MoRTH has notified the TP rates in consultation with the insurance regulator.

According to the ministry's notification, a discount of 7.5 per cent on the premium shall be allowed for hybrid electric vehicles.

While electric private cars not exceeding 30KW will attract a premium of Rs 1,780, those exceeding 30KW but not 65KW will attract a premium of Rs 2,904.

The premium for goods-carrying commercial vehicles exceeding 12,000kg but not 20,000kg will increase to Rs 35,313 from Rs 33,414 in 2019-20.

In the case of goods-carrying commercial vehicles exceeding 40,000 kg, the premium will increase to Rs 44,242 as against Rs 41,561 in 2019-20.

The third-party insurance cover is for other than own damage and is mandatory along with the own damage cover that a vehicle owner has to purchase.

This insurance cover is for any collateral damage to a third party, generally a human being, caused due to a road accident.


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