Outrageous car insurance quotes of up to £20,000 a year are driving young motorists off the road.
The quotes some young drivers are offered for cover add up to several times their annual wages.
In Bradford – often called the UK’s cash-for-crash fraud capital – one motorist, Leah Greaves, 20, who has just passed her driving test, was quoted £53,000 by comparison site Go Compare. The web site disputes the quote, claiming prices above £12,000 are not shown.
The average quote for her Vauxhall Corsa from a number of brokers and online car insurance sites was between £7,000 and £8,000 a year.
For youngsters seeking cheap car insurance, outlandish quotes are not restricted to drivers in the inner cities.
TV’s Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent, 19, had her £20,000 a year premium paid by Chelsea soccer star and boyfriend Josh McEachran, 18.
Josh has no driving licence so relies on Brooke – who plays Sophie Webster in the soap – to ferry him around London in his new £60,000 Range Rover.
Taking up the fight for cheap car insurance for his constituents, David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, said some had quotes of over £20,000 for basic cover.
Ward claims car insurance costs are so high in the city that many taxi drivers have handed in their badges to look for other work because they cannot make the job pay.
“In this part of Bradford, it’s a more serious issue than elsewhere. It can’t go on,” he said.
So far, around 560 supporters have signed up to an online petition set up by Ward to call for more affordable car insurance costs and a police crackdown on uninsured drivers.
Malcolm Tarling, of the Association of British Insurers, said car insurance costs were an issue throughout the country, not just in Bradford. He blamed spiralling legal costs and rising numbers of uninsured drivers for pushing up premiums.