Motor insurers asked to stop ads displaying services not part of cover

IRDAI has asked motor insurance providers to discontinue advertisements showing services, like free pick up and drop of vehicle, which are not part of the insurance cover. General insurance companies enter into service agreements with motor workshops/garages for the purpose of providing motor insurance claim services for repair of accident vehicles.

IRDAI said it is noticed that the service agreements in addition to claim services, extend certain assistance services not related to insurance claims such as free pick up and drop of vehicle, body wash, interior cleaning, inspection of vehicle etc.

“While the bundling of (such) facilities with insurance is left to the motor service providers, the general insurers issuing advertisements on the said services, projecting them as benefits provided within the insurance cover is unacceptable,” the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) said in a circular.

The main objective of service agreements with motor garages/ workshops shall only be providing insurance services for claims of accident vehicles and it cannot arbitrarily expand to include scope of services which are not relevant for insurance claims, it said.

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