Around half of all motor insurance providers have a policy of denying quotes to drivers over the age of 80, a study has found.
Research into age discrimination in the insurance industry carried out by Age Concern and Help the Aged found that around one in two insurers, including some of the biggest names on the UK market, will automatically bar drivers in this age group from taking out cover, regardless of their health.
Furthermore, those companies that do offer
Commenting, Andrew Harrop, head of public policy at Age Concern and Help the Aged, said: “Continuing to discriminate against our ageing population is not only bad for older people, it is bad for business.”
At the same time, however, a new report from the Government Equalities Office has recommended that insurance firms be allowed to continue to impose upper age limits for cover.
Meanwhile, the AA has reported that