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December 7, 2018
The insurance regulator has indicated that it would stop setting tariffs for compulsory motor third party liability (MTPL) insurance with effect from the fiscal year starting 1 April 2020.
MTPL is the only business line for which the IRDAI currently sets tariffs. IRDAI’s decision would pave the way for insurance companies to set all their own pricing and the rates could fall because of stiff competition.
As per the officials, stopping the fixing of MTPL tariffs came up for discussion last week when the Prime Minister’s Office held a meeting to discuss the demands of truckers who called on the government to roll back a steep increase of nearly 28% in their premium in the current fiscal year. Mr Piyush Goyal, who acted as finance minister from 14 May to 22 August, had assured truckers’ organisations that the premium hike would be lowered to 15%, but action is still pending on this.