‘40% of cars in Ghana have fake insurance’

Head of Supervision at the National Insurance Commission (NIC), Seth Eshun, has revealed that about 40 per cent of cars in Ghana were not insured with some having fake motor insurances.

According to him, data available to NIC indicates that there was an alarming gap between the number of cars that have been registered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) compared to the number of cars that have been insured by insurance companies in Ghana.

Speaking at a symposium organised by Donewell Insurance Company Limited as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations to discuss current issues and trends in Ghana’s insurance industry, Mr Eshun disclosed: “We have about 3.5million cars that have been registered by the DVLA, road worthy are about 1.5million but cars that insured are about 1million from our statistics.”

“We have about 40 per cent of cars that are not insured in the country or have fake motor insurance. These are people who are driving every day and if anything happens to them or they cause injury to other people, they both will not receive any insurance payment,” Mr Eshun disclosed.

However, Mr Eshun mentioned that the NIC was working together with the DVLA to ensure that cars that were not registered by the DVLA and were not road worthy would not be allowed on our roads unless they were properly insured.

He disclosed that a number of discussions have already been held between the Commission and DVLA under the auspices of the Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

Dr Bawumia last month announced that government will soon launch a digital system that will link the data between insurance companies and the DVLA in order for them to check vehicles that have been insured in real time.

He said the system will boost insurance penetration and create a wealth of fund for investment.

The digital platform, if successful, is expected to enhance the vehicle registration process through online application.

With respect to insurance penetration, Mr Eshun said it was not possible for it to increase by 100%. “If insurance penetration is at 100%, then what it means is that, all productive activity that is done in the country is by insurance and that is not possible,” Mr Eshun added.

 

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