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Women say insurance ruling 'unfair'

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More than three-quarters of women think a recent European court decision that will lead to higher car insurance premiums for them is unfair, a poll has found.

The survey by discount website showed that 78% of the women were unhappy over the European Court of Justice's ruling to prevent the use of gender when calculating insurance prices.

However, nearly a quarter (22%) said they thought the decision to end gender discrimination was fair, despite the fact that it will lead to higher premiums for women.

Almost three-quarters (74%) of men, who might see a fall in their insurance premiums following the enforcement of the court ruling, are in favour of the move and think it is fair.

According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of women said they thought men should pay more for car insurance as they caused more accidents on the road.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) estimates that women aged under 25 could see a 25% increase in car insurance premiums when the ruling comes into force on December 21 this year, but men are expected to see a reduction of just 10% in theirs.

© Press Association 2011