The (BNM) Bank Negara’s Concept Paper on “PHASED LIBERALISATION OF MOTOR AND FIRE TARIFFS” is out, posted on their kijang-net portal and awaiting responses (until 29 April 2016) from insurance practitioners. I thought of highlighting what I could possibly see and decipher from the very “condensed” write-up. I would appreciate some feedbacks from you guys before I summarise some responses to BNM. By the way, I am not able to post the full concept paper here as the paper is not supposed to be for public viewing, nevertheless I should provide you with one if you have genuine intention to provide necessary feedback. Kindly provide me with the necessary info within the following contact form:
In the first phase (the first year of implementation, starting July 1), the industry will be allowed to offer “new products” and optional add-on covers at market rates. This can include, for example, additional policies to cover engine hydro-lock (water entering the engine in lightly flooded areas, separated out from the currently costly flood damage insurance), lost car key replacement, and perhaps even the availability of courtesy cars.
A 40-year-old man, who was part of a syndicate which set up fake road accidents in order to cheat $104,700 (RM320,468) from insurance companies through fraudulent claims, was jailed for 44 weeks on Tuesday. Tew Yee Jeng, a Malaysian, will also be disqualified from driving for five years after his release from prison.
Rounding up accomplices desperate to absolve themselves from debts and financial hardship, Tew Yee Jeng, a 40-year-old Malaysian, made several trips to Singapore between 2012 and 2014, where he would orchestrate scam traffic accidents to make insurance claims for property damage and bodily injuries. The drivers he recruited would abruptly slam their brakes on purpose, leading to collisions with vehicles behind them that could not be stopped in time to prevent a crash.
The world is becoming more connected in the digital age. Suddenly, almost everything is about sharing. Not only are ride- and home-sharing services wildly popular, but on-demand deliveries of meals and packages as well as sharing of tools, clothing and even bathroom facilities when a portable toilet is unappealing are becoming ever more available.
The non-life insurance industry is not likely to see any detariffication in the near term; more like the Bank Negara putting it through some form of restructuring, i.e. from a risk-based premium pricing to making the industry workforce and agents more professional in their modus operandi. The following are emphasis:
(1) Premium should be fairly charged —- risk behaviour of policyholder is important.
(2) Insurers and Takaful operators must have a proper pricing regime in place so that those fairness as pointed out in item (1) above could be dispense. Not sure if this pricing regime is to be submitted to the regulator before launching the premium pricing structure….
A riot is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as: An assemblage of three or more persons in a public place taking concerted action in a turbulent and disorderly manner for a common purpose (regardless of the lawfulness of that purpose). An unlawful disturbance of the peace by an assemblage of usually three or more persons acting with a common purpose in a violent or tumultuous manner that threatens or terrorizes the public or an institution. Courts around the world have defined riots with some extensions to the original definition in Black’s Law Dictionary. For example, it has been defined as “the gathering of three or more persons” with the “common purpose” to do “an un/lawful act [with the intent to use] force or violence.” It has also been defined as requiring “”tumult” or disturbance” at the time of the action.
Having Singapore insurers cover foreign vehicles will lead to greater confidence for victims that their no-claims discount will be protected, as there will be no cross-border claims involved. Hence, this will encourage them to claim against their own policies first and get their vehicles repaired earlier.
This 2015 tariff premium increase is the 4th of the scheduled increases mooted under the 2011 New Motor Insurance Cover Framework that was established by a Joint Working Committee comprising of Bank Negara, PDRM, Ministry of Health, Judiciary, Malaysian Bar, Ministry of Finance, Insurance & Takaful Industry, Consumer associations and Transport associations. The implementation date is 23 February 2015.
Usage-based Insurance basically utilise telematics data provided by policyholders vide some embedded gadgets in the vehicle or home surroundings to help insurers redefine how premiums are being imposed. The manner the vehicle is being driven or how homes are being monitored or even how policyholder handle their daily affairs where Health Insurance is concerned are important for insurers to better understand the risk as it progresses through time. The starting point of acceptance may still be discounting of premium but safety of love ones and health of policyholders are slowly catching on…. Check the INFOGRAPHIC by Tower Watson in one of their US consumer survey on the use of usage-based insurances….