As announced by the Bank in 2016, measures are currently being taken by the Bank to implement broad reforms in the motor insurance market, which includes the gradual liberalization of the motor insurance tariffs. This aims to promote a more competitive motor insurance market, while ensuring affordable motor insurance premiums in the long term. Without appropriate arrangements to control inflated and fraudulent claims which are being addressed as part of the reforms, these objectives will be severely undermined.
The Competition Commissioner had issued a notice to require provision of information and document by all 22 insurers and their Association under section 18(1) of the Competition Act 2010. The notice further states the Commission has commenced an investigation against them under section 15(1) of the Act where the Commission has reason to suspect the 23 listed parties have infringed or are infringing section 4(2)(a) of the Act in relation to and agreement to fix prices or charges in regards to the following for the period between (sometimes in) July 2011 and up until the date of this Notice….
Many associations commonly collect and disseminate industry data and statistics for their members. Where such information is commercially sensitive (for example, information on retail sales and market shares of members) and is disaggregated such that they can be easily attributed to specific members, competition law issues are likely to arise as such dissemination reduces the uncertainty that would normally exist