If you visit our Facebook page often, you would have noticed we spoke a lot about the coming implementation of Motor Detariffication. This is because we find that this subject important as it affects all Malaysians who own a vehicle. And we want to create awareness on the subject and educate the Malaysia public on this matter.
So here are some FAQ that you may find useful:
1. What is Motor detariffication?
Motor detariffication simply means that insurance companies are free to use their own method to calculate the price for motor insurance, i.e. each insurance company can set their own insurance price.
2. How is it different with the existing method of premium calculation?
Currently, motor insurance in Malaysia is tariffed, this means that it is controlled by Bank Negara.
Insurance companies in Malaysia have to follow BNM’s guide in premium calculation which makes the price by each insurance company the same. To make it easy to understand, this is similar to the petrol price in Malaysia, whichever station you go to, the price of petrol is the same.
With motor detariffication, each insurance company is free to determine the price for their insurance product. Again if we take the price of petrol as an example, this is as though each station that you go to now will charge a different price for petrol.
3. How is premium calculated today?
Today, your vehicle determines the price of your premium. It is calculated using only 2 factors, they are:
a) The value of your vehicle (also known as sum insured)
b) The size of your vehicle’s engine (measured in cc)
4. Why am I getting different prices from insurance companies, even though motor detariffication has not yet been implemented?
There are three main reasons why insurance companies charge different premium prices for the same car: Sum insured, Loading and Packaging:
i) The sum insured is different
Agents and insurance companies can value your car differently. So if company A thinks your car is worth RM 50,000 and company B thinks your car is worth RM 60,000, you get two different insurance prices. The best way is to follow MyCarInfo. We believe it is the most neutral and reliable source.
ii) Insurers place “loading” on your vehicle
Insurance companies have the right to place up to 15% loading on insurance for special cases. Common examples are loading for young drivers or cars that are older than 10 years. In these cases it helps to know someone “important and influential” in the insurance company, because the loading is not the same for all insurance companies.
iii) Packaging or bundling with other products
Insurance companies love to bundle their motor insurance with other products, especially those that bring them a lot of profit. The most common add-on that companies bundle with motor insurance is Personal Accident Insurance.
For instance, Allianz integrate its Road Warrior plan with their Personal Accident Cover (PAC) while Zurich Insurance calls it AutoPAC. So you may think you are only buying Roadside Assistant with your car insurance, but in fact you are buying a second insurance. Insurance companies often make it mandatory for you to purchase this add-on with their motor insurance.
Because of these reasons, it is wise to compare insurance prices from different companies even now as this can help you save.
5. How will it be calculated after the implementation of motor detariffication?
After the implementation of motor detariffication, insurance companies will ask for more information about the driver to set the price. It no longer only takes the vehicle into consideration.
Here are some examples of what insurance companies can ask in addition to find the right price:
a) Age of driver – Rates will be higher for younger drivers as opposed to older ones, because young drivers get into accidents more often
b) Driver’s gender – Rates will be lower for female drivers, because on average they drive more careful and have less accidents
c) Driver’s place of residence – Premium rates will be higher if drivers lives in high traffic and high crime rate areas, because the chance of making a claim is higher
e) Driver’s claim history – Drivers with a bad claims history will be considered as high risk and therefore higher premium will be charged
6. When is the implementation date?
The latest news from Bank Negara plans to implement it in phases.
July 2016 – Insurance providers can start to introduce new non-tariff products and add-on covers.
July 2017 – Starting from this date, insurance prices for motor insurance will no longer follow the tariff structure set by BNM. Insurers will start to charge motor insurance premium according to a set of risk factors.
This means that you will only start seeing changes in your premium price after July 2017.
7. How can this help me save on motor insurance?
If you are considered a ‘safe’ or low-risk driver, your insurance premium could be lower.
8. What can I do before the implementation of motor detariffication?
As a wise consumer, you should start comparing prices and products offered by different insurance companies in order to find out which company can offer a solution that is best for you with the most competitive price.
9. Is motor detariffication good for Malaysia?
Yes, some of the reasons why we believe that this will be a good solution for the country are:
i) This will create a healthy competition among the insurance providers which will result in the introduction of a variety of new products.
ii) Due to competition, this will also result in an improved service offered by the insurance companies where we could see a faster and more efficient claims management process.
iii) We could see the roads becoming safer as people will start driving more carefully to save on the price of their motor insurance.
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