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Mind the gap! Gap in cover is new risk factor for motor as strong link to loss is identified

Policy Insights takes motor underwriting up a gear

A market-wide view of customers’ motor policy history is now available for the first time, providing insurers with a completely new and more accurate predictor of risk that could transform how motor insurance risk is assessed at point of quote. Analysing policyholder data held on its Policy History Motor Database, LexisNexis Risk Solutions has found that:

  • People with a gap in cover in the past year had up to a 50% higher loss cost than those that didn’t
  • People with a gap in the last five years had up to a 30% higher loss cost
  • People with a policy cancelled prematurely had up to a 33% increase to loss cost, and people with two or more policy cancellations had up to a 70% increase to loss cost

The insurance sector is now able to harness the power of this knowledge based on their current customers and prospects’ motor insurance history, with the launch of Policy Insights from LexisNexis Risk Solutions.  Policy Insights gives insurers a number of new policy attributes that offer a deeper picture of risk, going above and beyond traditional insurer risk predictions. It will show the number of mid-term cancellations, all active policies held and average policy length, plus it can highlight gaps in cover across all the vehicles they have owned, also helping to indicate potentially fraudulent policy applications at point of quote.

“Policy Insights really demonstrates the power of contributory databases when combined with analytical expertise to deliver real, actionable insights to insurance providers. The policy history information provided by Policy Insights will help motor insurers verify information provided by customers and prospects quickly, price more accurately and segment more effectively.  They will also be able to deliver a fairer price to customers based on a much clearer understanding of their risk.

“The timing could not be better for the launch of this new service given the multiple and challenging market conditions currently facing the motor insurance sector.”

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data, sophisticated analytics platforms and technology solutions to provide insights that help businesses across multiple industries and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. For more information, please visit. For more information, please visit LexisNexis Risk Solutions and RELX.

Regina Haas
Sr. Director, Communications
Insurance and Connected Car and Coplogic Solutions