IRDAI (The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) on September 20, 2018, announced new rules that will be applicable while purchasing and renewing two-wheeler & car insurance policies.
The changes in the policy were made because it was noticed that the existing CPA (Compulsory Personal Accident) cover was very low and insufficient.
The changes have been made to the component marked in Red. In India, it is mandatory for all the vehicle owners to buy a third party liability insurance. This third party liability insurance has two components:
- Third Party - This component provides coverage against the loss or damage done to the third parties (people and property) due to an accident involving your insured vehicle.
- CPA Cover for Owner-Driver - This component provides coverage in case of death or permanent disability of the owner-driver, i.e. you due to an accident either while driving or riding your insured vehicle.
Following are the changes in the third party liability insurance:
- The Sum Insured (SI) for TP cover has been increased to INR 15 lakhs for all the vehicles. Earlier, the SI for two-wheelers was INR 1 lakh and for cars was INR 2 lakhs.
- The TP component of the third party liability insurance for brand new policies has to be mandatorily purchased for 5 years. While the PA cover for owner-driver can be purchased for either 1 or more years, with the maximum limit of 5 years.
- The TP component of the third party liability insurance for brand new bike insurance policies has to be mandatorily purchased for 3 years. While the PA cover for owner-driver can be purchased for either 1 or more years, with the maximum limit of 3 years.
- Owing to the increase in Sum Insured, the premium amount for PA cover for owner-driver for 1 year has been fixed at INR 331 excluding GST. Earlier the premium amount was INR 50 for two-wheelers and INR 100 for cars.
- The PA cover cannot be offered to the vehicles which are owned by any company or organization. Thus, the vehicles owned by the companies do not have to pay the additional premium for PA cover.
- A person owning more than 1 vehicle needs to pay the premium amount for PA cover for only one vehicle. This premium amount can be used for providing compensation in case any of the insured vehicles owned by the owner-driver suffers an accident causing death or permanent disability of the owner-driver.
These changes have been rolled out for all the motor insurance policies (new purchase or renewal process). The new regulations are still settling in and the insurance companies are complying with these changes to provide the best motor insurance plans to their esteemed customers.
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