Car insurance rule change from April 30 could invalidate your cover – Essex Live

Car insurance rule change from April 30 could invalidate your cover - Essex Live

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A huge change to car insurance is set to be introduced from the end of April affecting road users

UK drivers are being warned to familiarise themselves with the changes now as breaking the rules could invalidate your cover.

Financial services comparison website GoCompare found that some temporary measures that were introduced to support motorists during the Covid-19 pandemic are now ending on April 30.

The fresh warning comes after similar alerts to road users by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The temporary powers were introduced at the height of the pandemic when England was being crippled by a first wave of Covid-19 infections during the spring of 2020.

The measures supported motorists who were forced to drive to work in their own vehicles during lockdown when they would not have done so before.

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Back then, cover for key workers was waived by insurance firms, but this has now been updated.

Ryan Fulthorpe, motoring expert at GoCompare, said: “To reflect changes in driving behaviour as commuting and driving between different workplaces starts to pick-up, insurers have reviewed their position.

“From May, drivers who insured their car only for social, domestic or pleasure purposes, but following the pandemic now use their car to travel to work, will have to upgrade their cover.”

Ryan added: “Following the end of insurers’ pledges to automatically extend cover during lockdown, it’s essential that drivers make sure their car insurance covers them for their new normal usage.

“If a motorist fails to declare that they drive to work, or drive as part of their work, this could invalidate their insurance and, driving without insurance carries severe penalties.”

He continued: “So, if you’ve started driving to work since the pandemic and you are unsure whether you’re covered, the best thing to do is to contact your insurer immediately so your policy can be updated if necessary.”

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