In­surance shocker

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motor -

Young people are giv­ing up on the ideaoflearn­ing­to­drive,ac­cord­ing tonewre­search-an­dit­couldbedue to the cost of in­surance.

The num­ber of 17-year olds tak­ingth­ep­rac­ti­caldriv­ingtesthas fallen by more than 100,000 since 2007-08, while the over­all num­ber of un­der-25s in the UK that are learn­ing to drive is down by 20 per cent.

Re­cent fig­ures show that a city­based teenager driv­ing a small hatch­back worth £8,000 can be quoted up to £13,498 for a com­pre­hen­sive 12-month in­surance pol­icy.

And ac­cord­ing to mo­tor­ing con­sumer web­site Hon­est John those liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas will be asked to pay a stag­ger­ing £8,750 –with­theris­ing­costof­carin­sur­ance deemed­to­bethe­ma­jor­con­trib­u­tor in young people de­lay­ing the de­ci­sion to start driv­ing.

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