Young bEar thE brunt of ris­ing Cost of us­ing roaDs

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVLA), the av­er­age UK driver needs 47 hours of lessons and more than 20 hours of prac­tice to pass their test.

And with the av­er­age cost of an hour-long les­son cost­ing £24, most learn­ers have to fork out £1,128 just for tuition.

On top of that comes the es­ca­lat­ing price of car in­sur­ance, which has risen to an all-time high af­ter spi­ralling by 40% in two years.

The av­er­age cost of the five cheap­est fully com­pre­hen­sive poli­cies rose by £113 in the past year to £690.

While the data from the AA shows the av­er­age pol­icy cost is £1,152 – £171 higher than it was 12 months ago.

As a re­sult, the value of shop­ping around has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally – seven years ago the dif­fer­ence be­tween the av­er­age and the cheap­est was £215. Now it’s al­most dou­bled to £464.

Last year 17- to 22-yearolds bore the brunt of the price rises, with their poli­cies in­creas­ing by 11% from the first to the sec­ond half of 2016 to £1,770.92.

Bo­gus whiplash claims, tax hikes and re­forms to per­sonal in­jury com­pen­sa­tion have been blamed, with the AA say­ing the fig­ures should serve as a se­ri­ous wake-up call to the govern­ment that more needs to be done to tackle the crip­pling costs.

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