UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has criticised the Government’s insurance premium tax rises for piling extra financial pressure onto the ‘already overburdened British motorist’.
Her comments came after it was revealed that car insurance costs have risen by an average of more than £100 in less than a year.
According to the AA’s British Insurance Premium Index, a typical comprehensive policy went up by 10 per cent in the final quarter of 2015, and is 20 per cent higher than the same time at the end of 2014.
“British drivers are already over-taxed by our Government, and this is yet another attack on the everyday motorist,” said Mrs Seymour, one of UKIP’s three West Midlands MEPs.
“When George Osborne increased tax paid on premiums from 6% to 9.5%, I warned that this was likely to happen. Insurance companies were always going to make sure they would not be out of pocket, and so once again it’s the consumer who suffers.
“The Treasury is rubbing its hands in delight at the expected £1.5 billion windfall from this tax – while car owners are left counting the cost.”
Mrs Seymour, who is also patron of the Alliance of British Drivers, said: “It’s time the Government focused its mind on giving British drivers a fairer deal.
“For starters, let us scrap the tolls on Britain’s pay-as-you-go roads, and accept that it is not right to tax car owners to the hilt when – particularly in many of the more rural parts of the country – there is no suitable public transport alternative.”