Blackburn MP Jack Straw lobbying to ‘end postcode lottery’ insurance premiums (From This Is Lancashire)
Blackburn MP Jack Straw lobbying to ‘end postcode lottery’ insurance premiums
3:38pm Friday 21st September 2012 in News
BLACKBURN MP Jack Straw is lobbying Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to enact new laws stopping motorists being hit by sky-high insurance premiums because of their postcode.
He is stepping up his campaign on the issue after a new petition by two young Blackburn drivers gathered more than 10,000 supports in three weeks.
Anthony Simpson and Rob Daye were so angry at their and their friends’ premiums, they started a three-pronged bid to lower insurance in BB postcodes.
In just three weeks they have raised 3,000 signatures on a paper petition, 1,500 for an e-petition and 6,000 supporters on Facebook .
They have been backed by Mr Straw who is concerned that high numbers of whiplash claims in the town have led to massive hikes in premiums for all motorists living in Blackburn postcodes.
A year ago he introduced the Motor Insurance Regulation Bill into Parliament under the ten minute rule to try to press ministers into action.
Mr Straw said: “My bill had four clauses. The first, about lowering referral fees for claims, has been agreed by government and the industry and is about to be brought into force.
“The next two about whiplash claims and court procedures are in progress.
“The final one, about discrimination against drivers in Blackburn BB and some other postcodes, remains in limbo. I am stepping up my efforts to get action on this as well and lobbying Chris Grayling on the issue with the backing of this new petition.”
Mr Daye said: “I am delighted Mr Straw is stepping up his campaign. We will continue to collect supporters to our petitions to give more power to his arm.”