Staveley Head

Staveley Head

April 29, 2010 02:00 ET

Email Insurance Certificates to Have Legal Status

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - One of the UK's leading taxi insurance providers Staveley Head, believes email insurance certificates becoming a legal document will greatly benefit taxi customers.

Traditionally road risk insurance certificates for cars have been sent to policyholders in paper form, but from 30th April electronic certificates which are emailed to motorists will have the same legal status as a paper certificate.

With immediate effect insurers will be sending policyholders their certificates by email for any road insurance policy which becomes effective after the 30th April. Most insurance policies for both cars and commercial vehicles are now taken out on-line and consequently all those policyholders have email addresses to send the electronic certificates to. A certificate kept on a computer database will now be a fully legal instrument acceptable to the authorities, but those who feel more comfortable with a paper certificate can still request one from their insurance company, or print out a copy of the electronic certificate emailed to their computer.

The most frequent occasion on which a drivers needs to produce their insurance certificate is when they renew their car tax at the Post Office, but many people now do this online at which point they can display proof of their electronic certificate. The Post Office is also hoping to introduce facilities whereby they can check certificates on line at their Post Office counters.

Most police vehicles are now fitted with computerised systems to check if a vehicle is taxed with the Motor Insurers Database (MID), but police may still request sight of a paper insurance certificate if you are instructed to present your documents at a police station.

A spokesman for Staveley Head said "This is going to be of tremendous assistance to many of our clients. Taxi drivers frequently find it necessary to change drivers or vehicles and we can now instantly provide them with a legal certificate confirming the amended details."

A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said "This will make the process quicker for consumers and save money for insurers, which will make the industry more efficient."

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