Scheme could go live this year

Electronic motor insurance documents could be introduced this year, Biba says.

Both Biba and the ABI have lobbied the Government to make e-certificates legally acceptable. The trade bodies met the Department for Transport (DfT) and its lawyers to urge for quicker drafting of the regulations.

They believe e-certs could save the insurance industry millions of pounds in printing, packing and posting documents, and will have environmental benefits.

Graeme Trudgill, Biba director of technical services said: “Biba and the ABI will continue to lobby for the swift introduction of e-certs. Biba has asked the DFT to introduce the necessary rules under the Electronic Communications Act 2000 to achieve delivery this year – rather than wait for the next opportunity to change primary legislation which may take a couple of years.”