Octo Telematics: Insurance Industry Calls for Tax Relief on Telematics For Younger Drivers

Calls grow to improve safety and reduce the price of insurance as
costs soar

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Octo Telematics, the number one global provider of telematics for the
auto insurance industry, today joined growing calls for the government
to improve road safety and offer Insurance Premium Tax relief (IPT) on
telematics insurance products for drivers under 25 years old

Brake, the road safety charity, also said it supported incentives and
rewards for drivers to increase telematics adoption and make the roads
safer. This follows a proposal made by the British Insurance Brokers’
Association (BIBA) in light of soaring insurance premiums.

The Insurance Price Index from BIBA and Acturis showed motor premiums in
Q2 2016 reached their highest level since it started tracking prices in
2010. Premiums for private car insurance were up by more than 11%
compared to Q2 2015. Young motorists were hit hardest as premiums are
often over £1300 and they could face an annual increase of £200.

Telematics insurance products collect contextual vehicle and driver data
to correctly assess risk and accurately price premiums. They provide
actionable intelligence to motorists to help them improve their driving,
become safer road users and take more control of the insurance premium
they pay. BIBA member research shows that there is a 40% drop in crash
risk for new drivers that use a telematics device. The association
included the call for IPT relief on telematics products in its 2015

Jonathan Hewett, Executive Vice President at Octo Telematics, said: “The
cost of motoring goes beyond the soaring insurance premiums for younger
drivers. Younger drivers make up a disproportionate amount of casualties
in accidents on our roads. They need every incentive to be educated and
informed about their driving behaviour, for their own safety and that of
other road users. However, telematics is not just for younger drivers. A
telematics policy can be a ‘guardian angel’ that encourages safer
driving and a more reflective approach to motoring for motorists of all
ages as well as saving them money.”

Richard Coteau, corporate fundraising manager at Brake said: “Telematics
can play a crucial role in helping to monitor and improve driver
behaviour. Drivers who choose to install telematics to their vehicle
have made a positive choice to try and improve their driving habits, and
it is important that insurers work with these drivers to help them to
understand how telematics can help them to be safer on our roads.
Incentivising or rewarding those who decide to use telematics would be a
positive move, helping to encourage more people to utilise technology
which will make our roads safer.”

Research shows that driver aged 17-24 years old are at a much higher
risk of crashing than older drivers1. Drivers aged 17-19 only
make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 9% of fatal and
serious crashes where they are the driver2. Drivers aged
16-19 are a third more likely to die in a crash than drivers aged 40-493
and one in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing
their driving test4.

Telematics can benefit all motorists and the advent of the connected car
means that the technology is evolving beyond after-market devices into
in-car connectivity and smartphones apps such as Octo U. Penetration of
global integrated telematics is expected to reach 88% for new cars by
20255, making the technology central to the future safety of
all drivers.

Telematics has already become key to reducing the number of accidents
involving people who are driving as part of their job, according to
research by RAC Business6. More than half (52%) of the 500 UK
businesses surveyed said telematics has reduced the number of collisions
for their fleets, while 58% reported a reduction in speeding incidents
and fines. For the second year running, Octo has partnered with
Brake, the road safety charity operating across the UK, for Road Safety
Week 2016. Taking place on the 21st to 27th
November 2016, Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event.
It involves thousands of schools, organisations and community groups.

Octo Telematics has a strong commitment to creating safer drivers. The
company is at the forefront of telemetry technology and has developed
powerful analytics that transform driving behavior by providing drivers
with actionable intelligence. Octo is constantly improving algorithms
that assess contextual driving behavior and provide crash alerts and
accident reconstruction, ultimately to make the roads safer.

About Octo Telematics

Octo is the number 1 global provider of telematics and data analytics
solutions for the auto insurance industry. Founded in 2002, Octo
pioneered the insurance telematics industry. Today, Octo is the largest
and most experienced insurance telematics company in the world,
transforming auto insurance through behavioral, contextual and driving
analytics for more than 60 insurance partners. Octo has more than 4.4
million connected users and the largest global database of telematics
data, with over 127 billion miles of driving data collected and 340,000
crashes and insurance events analyzed (as of 30 June 2016). Octo applies
proprietary algorithms to this market-leading database to deliver
powerful new insights into driver risk, informing solutions that benefit
both auto insurance companies and policyholders. The company is
headquartered in London, with offices in Boston, Rome, Stuttgart,
Madrid, and Sao Paulo. http://www.octotelematics.com/

1 Full and provisional driving licences by age and gender,
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, 2015

2 Reported road casualties Great Britain 2014, Department for
Transport, 2015, table RAS3001

3 Reported road casualties Great Britain 2014, Department for
Transport, 2015, table RAS30025

4 Young drivers at risk, The AA, 2012

5 EY research report ‘The quest for Telematics 4.0’

6 Research carried out by 3Gem Media among 500 UK businesses
with vehicles, on behalf of RAC Business in September 2015.


For Octo Telematics
John Merva or Alex Clelland
020 7796 4133