By Denna Bowman
The motor insurance industry has been accused of ‘ruthless profiteering’ following reports that some firms are hiking premiums for drivers who have taken the extra precaution of fitting winter tyres to their cars.
Telegraph motoring expert Honest John has led criticism of firms who have raised premiums by up to 20 percent.
He condoned the practice, stating: “This is plainly either brain dead or ruthless profiteering – winter tyres are a legal requirement in Austria from November to March and must be fitted in Germany whenever snow is on the ground.”
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, has also said the industry is acting irresponsibly.
Chairman Stuart Jackson insisted that independent tests had proved that winter tyres were the “safest option” for drivers throughout the entire winter period – and not just when there was snowfall or ice.
He said: “To penalise drivers for taking a positive step to improve their safety on the road seems absurd.
“With the high number of drivers still being killed or injured in tyre related accidents each year, we should be actively encouraging responsible behaviour, such as the fitting of winter tyres.”