The postal strike has added urgency to government plans to allow electronic delivery of insurance premiums. Government lawyers are making positive noises about passing the legislation before the general election in May.

Biba technical and corporate affairs executive Graeme Trudgill met with lawyers for the Department for Transport last week to discuss the issue for motor insurance documents. They agreed the postal strike showed that the legislation was needed as soon as possible, he said.

The new laws do not need to go through parliament, but still face significant delay for drafting and rubber-stamping by legal teams.

Trudgill said: “The postal strike puts pressure on the government and illustrates why we need to act sooner rather than later.”

Meanwhile, Biba is advising brokers to use electronic communication wherever possible and to send important documents by courier.