In an increasingly digital world, technology has found its way into every corner of our lives.
From omnipresent smartphones and tablets, to instant online shopping and the on-going social media revolution, modern tech is changing the way we live (for the better, we hope) – and the world of motoring isn’t being left out.
Following hot on the heels of the end of tax discs last October and the demise of paper driving licenses earlier this month, today marks some big changes in the way paper insurance certificates are handled.
As part of the modernisation of motoring regulations, and the current trend of cutting down on hassle and paperwork for all parties, insurance customers will no longer be required to return their certificate of insurance to their insurer when a policy is cancelled mid-term. Instead, it will now be the responsibility of insurers to update the government Motor Insurance Database (MID) when any changes take place.
Laws are also changing to guarantee that motorists will be insured as soon as a policy is activated, without having to wait for their certificate to arrive in the post, and ensuring that it will no longer be a criminal offence to not return an insurance certificate.
Speaking ahead of the changes, Gerry Bucke, general manager at Adrian Flux, said: “The truth is that no one enjoys paperwork, and the changes coming into force today are another long-awaited step towards making motoring and insurance as hassle and paperwork-free as possible.
“With paper licences and tax discs also a thing of the past, it’s never been easier or more simple for drivers to get out on the road without fear of falling foul of paperwork and admin – something we can all welcome.”
If you have any questions about your Adrian Flux insurance policy, or want to find out what these changes mean for you, call our customer services team on 0844 381 6502.
You can read the full content of the Deregulation Act 2015 here – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/20/contents/enacted – be warned though, it’s a tricky read.