Could Driving Past Curfew Hours Render Your Motor Insurance Claim Invalid?

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This post shared on Whatsapp has also been shared severally on other platforms (e.g. Twitter – see here, and here).

It claims that driving past curfew hours could have your motor insurance claim rejected by the insurer if you don’t have authorization or valid emergency reasons.

This particular tweet was shared by the Association of Kenya Professional Insurance Agents (AKPIA) with the same claims.

In this article, Piga Firmbi runs a check and breaks down information regarding these claims.

Background

The updated motor vehicle insurance act came to effect in February 2012 with guidelines governing all insurance companies offering this cover. These insurance companies are regulated and supervised by the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA), a statutory government agency.

Driving without motor vehicle insurance is considered illegal in Kenya. This type of insurance covers the owner of the vehicle, the vehicle and motorists against liability in case of an accident.

Kenya now faces its second week since COVID-19 restrictions were re-imposed by the government which also target the road transport sector.  In a statement by the president, no road, rail or air transport is permitted in and out of the zoned areas. Additionally, the curfew now runs between 8 pm and 4 am in Nairobi, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kiambu and Machakos. To operate under these restrictions, one is required to have authorization or valid emergency reasons.

Verification

A tweet by the Insurance Regulatory Authority states that insurance policies have exclusions but curfew hours is not one of them.

In a detailed document shared by the insurance industry regulator, all motor vehicle companies are required to adhere to the standardized contract that was set up in February 2012. The decision to standardize this contract was made to protect policyholders and stakeholders to promote consumer confidence and increasing insurance penetration.

In addition to the statement by the IRA, follow up communication by the Association of Kenya Insurers further clarifies that “any motor insurance claim that arises during curfew hours cannot be dismissed on the basis of the time of the accident…”

 

In instances where insurance claims are denied by the insurer on the basis of time, policyholders are advised to reach out to the IRA.

Verdict

Claims that your motor insurance claim can be rendered invalid based on the set curfew hours are MISLEADING.

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Nyakerario Omari

Nyakerario J. Omari is a Kenyan writer and journalist with a passion for in-depth stories told through documentaries. She has an interest in reporting matters concerning health, crime and human rights.