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Vehicle insurance packages that offer bundled policies for OD and TP to be withdrawn from 1 August 2020.

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Third party (TP) insurance remains compulsory for new two- and four-wheelers; five and three years respectively. What has undergone scrutiny and consequent change is the package that also offers multi-year Own Damage (OD) policies along with TP coverage. Following complaints from consumers that insurers were overcharging for OD policies since there was no regulation from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), IRDAI have decided to address the issue.

The government body acknowledged the problem at hand and clarified that actuarial pricing has been a challenge for insurers over the long term when it came to OD covers. Similar problems also appeared in the distribution of the policies, especially in terms of accessibility because it hiked the price of the vehicle significantly. Furthermore, these plans were rarely flexible and if the policy-holder ran into difficulty, it usually left them with a non-flexible long-term commitment that they could not get rid off without further financial setback. Taking all these points into consideration, IRDAI have announced that such bundle packages will not be sold from 1 August 2020.

The TP covers for long-term remains unchanged and is a rather good initiative by the government to ensure that all new two- and four-wheelers plying on our roads are at the least insured for third party damages. We understand some of you have questions about what happens to the validity of your vehicle’s documents since the country was under lockdown for a couple of months. We have a detailed story explaining just that. Check it out here.

Story: Joshua Varghese


About the author: Joshua Varghese


Would gape at fast cars. Still does but now has a chance to drive some of them. Hates driving in traffic but makes up for with a spot of off-roading or the occasional track outing. Insta: @motoknight


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