Women drivers could see insurance premiums skyrocket

Obviously Marilyn Monroe isn't going to care, but an EU ruling set to be made tomorrow could see women drivers suffer from increases in their insurance premiums of up to 25 percent as judges at the European Court of Justice decided whether insurers are practising sexual discrimination.

There is currently provision within EU law for insurers to discriminate if sex is a definite factor in a person's accident risk, but the deciding judges are in for a game of legal top trumps as the European advocate-general argues the provision is trumped by the Lisbon Treaty.
If the advocate-general's advice is followed, then insurers will no longer be able to use a driver's gender as a deciding factor in calculating their insurance premium.

Representatives of Open Europe, a think-tank campaign for reform of the European Union, has said that women drivers could face a hike in insurance premiums of up to 25 percent, whilst men could see theirs falling by 10 percent.

Research director at Open Europe, Stephen Booth, is not a fan of the proposal: "This is a perfect illustration of how giving ever greater powers to unaccountable EU judges does not only come with a democratic cost, but can also have massive economic costs for individual consumers and the wider UK economy."

Still, the advocate-general can't be blamed - as a woman, Juliane Kokott will herself face the price hikes if her advice is followed.
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