Rocketing insurance crippling business
ROCKETING insurance costs are crippling many small businesses in Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Wexford, Fianna Fáil Deputy James Lawless told the Dáil. Individuals, charities, community groups and sports clubs are also badly affected, he said. Their insurance bills are a kick in the teeth for their honest hard work and, even more so, when those bills are going up because of fraud.
‘I want to specifically address the growing scam of cash-for-crash cases,’ he said. ‘They involve a setup where a car is rolled into a wall or deliberately driven into the back of a friend’s car to allow all involved put in claims. These manufactured collisions put other people’s livelihoods of risk, risk injuries and drive up premiums. It is dangerous, reckless and relies on intimidation, theft, fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Those involved are not worried about being caught because, even if they are, there is no follow-up. The Garda claims it does not have the resources to follow up on these types of fraud.’
Until individuals are sent to prison, it will not stop, he said. ‘We need to see more action in this area to tackle those fraudsters, to see them brought before the courts and going to prison.’