Geektastic:gzt:KiwiNZ: The UK has compulsory insurance and I see it as a good thing, folks lose their cars if they are not insured.
In the UK that has also led to stupidly expensive insurance for everyone. When you make something compulsory you also have to mandate what is covered, for which you can find endless examples of what should be covered. Personally I think that the if-you-want-your-gear-insured-against-x-then-insure-your-gear is actually the best and most effective policy as far as costs are concerned.
It's not stupidly expensive for good drivers. My last car there, a new VW Passat station wagon worth about $50,000 equivalent, cost me just under $900 equivalent a year fully comp. My car here, worth about $35,000, costs me $800 a year.
Remember that insurance there covers the paraplegic you created in an accident suing you for $10 million. Here it doesn't because we fob that off on the taxpayer instead of the at fault driver.
I would change the law so that at least third party was required and place a statutory obligation on ACC to sue for recovery from the at fault driver's insurance where Police determine there is fault. This would at least have consequences for the premiums of bad drivers as well as reducing the burden on taxpayers who presently have to fund the consequences.
Going by the averages in the table at the bottom of this article you could be between 60 and 69 ; ).
I've also heard adding a driver to an existing policy is not as simple and carefree as it is here.