Automobile Association of Singapore introduces proprietary motor insurance for new drivers

Asia Insurance Review | April 25, 2019

In partnership with Liberty Insurance Singapore, the Automobile Association of Singapore (AA Singapore) has launched a motor insurance policy for young or new drivers which is offered by its wholly-owned subsidiary AAS Insurance Agency. Dubbed 'Young or New Drivers Motor Insurance', the policy is designed for drivers below the age of 24 or new drivers with less than two years of driving experience. It is common for young or new drivers to face higher excess and premium on their motor insurance plans as they are commonly classified as one of the high-risk groups that are more likely to be involved in an accident due to their lack of driving experience. “Young or new drivers are deemed to be less safe than a seasoned driver as studies have shown that these drivers are more prone to being involved in road accidents. Often, accidents are a result of human error and we want to instil the right attitude to this group of drivers and help them to be safe on roads; by raising their risk awareness and understand how they should react under differing road conditions, thereby lowering their chances of a crash,” said AA Singapore president Bernard Tay.

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For an insurance provider, risk information is power – yet not every insurance provider is exploiting all information they could use to refine the pricing and underwriting of risks. For providers of commercial lines, a wide range of data types related to businesses and to the individuals who run them is now publicly available, enabling them to attain a deeper understanding of risks to be insured. LexisNexis Risk Solutions wanted to find out to what extent providers are making use of these data sources and how much value providers believe such data can or could offer their business. We also wanted to find out why some providers are not yet using this data.

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For an insurance provider, risk information is power – yet not every insurance provider is exploiting all information they could use to refine the pricing and underwriting of risks. For providers of commercial lines, a wide range of data types related to businesses and to the individuals who run them is now publicly available, enabling them to attain a deeper understanding of risks to be insured. LexisNexis Risk Solutions wanted to find out to what extent providers are making use of these data sources and how much value providers believe such data can or could offer their business. We also wanted to find out why some providers are not yet using this data.

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Risk Strategies | September 16, 2022

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Bluevine Expands Insurance Partnerships to Provide Small Businesses with Tailored Insurance Solutions

Bluevine and Coalition | October 18, 2022

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Often, small business owners rely on recommendations from the small business community to determine their insurance needs, but this can leave them with ill-fitting policies that don't address the specific needs of their small business. As many as 75% of small businesses in the U.S. are underinsured, and 40% do not have any insurance, pointing to an acute need for insurance solutions designed with this community in mind. 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Alliant Insurance Services | November 04, 2022

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