The Irish Insurance Federation (IIF) has called on the parties contesting the upcoming national election to establish the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) and introduce a new insurance fraud offence.

Prime minister Bertie Ahern's Fianna Fail party will take on opposition leader Michael Noonan of Fine Gael on 17 May.

IIF chief executive Michael Kemp said he wanted to see the much-discussed PIAB established as soon as possible after the election.

He called for the establishment of a specific insurance fraud offence, as insurance fraud cost insurers ¤53m (£33m) in 2000.

Kemp said he was disappointed neither party had debated road safety during the election campaign. He said the next government should introduce penalty points for traffic offences.