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YOUNG MALES STILL PAY MORE has revealed the cost of car insurance for young men continues to rise, with 17-20 year olds paying almost double what women drivers of the same age pay.

Male drivers in the 17-

20 year old age group are suffering as female drivers pay £1,771 less than men. It currently costs an average of £1,959 for women aged 17- 20 to insure a car compared to £3,730 for men. These are the findings of the Confused. com Car Insurance Price In- dex, which is based on over four million quotes. Youngsters feel the im- pact most, with insurance for young drivers seeing huge rises. Regionally the picture is more surprising: young men passing their driving tests in inner London can ex- pect to be quoted an average of £5,523 to insure their car if they are 20 or younger. Over 48% higher than the average for this group and 5.7% more than they paid in 2010. Comprehensive car insur- ance for women across all ages and regions fell mar- ginally (-1.3%), but prices continued to rise for men, although by just 1% in quar- ter four. Year-on-year, it was 61-65 year old men who saw the biggest jump in costs, with a 7.4% increase, bring- ing the average premium for men of that age group to £504. For women drivers it was the 26-30 year olds who saw the steepest jump in prices with 7.2% hikes, giv- ing an average of £789. Said Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance, Confused. com: “From December, EU legislation means insurers

can’t use gender as a factor in setting prices. The differ- ences highlighted in our re- port show there’s still a huge disparity between what men and women are charged for car insurance. Insurers have

a long way to go to comply with the law. It’s more im- portant than ever to shop around and we’re committed to making it easier for people to save money on their car insurance.”

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More Shropshire compa- nies are signing up to train their drivers to meet the demands of new Europe wide regulations before the deadline expires. TTC Automotive


workshops enabling firms to get their drivers quali- fied for the Driver Certifi- cate of Professional Com- petence (DCPC). The next course is at their Hadley Park HQ on March 13. By September 2014 all lorry drivers must com- plete 35 hours of train- ing. Drivers of buses and coaches have until 2013. If professional drivers don’t complete their train- ing on time, they can’t drive vehicles over 3.5 tons and minibuses with nine seats or more, said Evita Hussey, TTC Auto- motive’s Driver CPC train- ing co-ordinator.

Introduced in 2008 across the EU to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety, Driver CPC is designed to con- tinually improve the knowl- edge and skills of profes- sional drivers. “Take up for courses was slow, but now more

firms are becoming aware they must get drivers trained sooner, not late,” said Evita.

Up to 70% of UK firms have embarked on the training to get the qualifi- cation.” For course informa- tion contact TTC Automo- tive call 0333 8000 222, or email

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