New Motor Insurance Policy Eliminates Need for ECOWAS Brown Card—NAICOM

January 2, 2023
ECOWAS Brown card

By Adedapo Adesanya

Motorists travelling in West African nations would no longer need to obtain an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Brown Card, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has revealed.

This is one of the many perks of the increase in the mandatory Motor Third Party Insurance Premium from N5,000 to N15,000 by the insurance regulator.

The commission’s latest statement on the obligatory motor insurance premium follows the Insurance Consumers’ Association’s recent appeal for an immediate reversal of the new motor insurance premium policy.

Speaking on this, NAICOM’s Head of Corporate Communications and Market Development, Mr Rasaaq Salami, noted that the ECOWAS Brown card had been captured in the upgraded premium for Motor Third Party insurance.

He added that motorists driving within the West Africa sub-region would not bother to acquire the ECOWAS Brown Card again.

The brown-coloured card provides the motorist with a complete guarantee for prompt, fair and immediate compensation for any accident he/she may have outside his habitual residence country.

The cardholder is treated exactly as if the basic insurance policy was underwritten by a company located in the country visited or through which it transits.

Since the brown card is recognised by the government authorities, the motorist is exempted from any other formality relating to the guarantee against the risks of civil liability.

Other benefits from the new premium rate, according to the NAICOM’s spokesman, include N3 million claims on damages and limitless life cover for accident victims.

Mr Salami, therefore, implored Nigerians to embrace the new rate to enable them to enjoy the benefits that would accrue from it.

He submitted that the new rate became necessary due to the cost of fixing a damaged vehicle, stressing that presently, it had become difficult to use the N5,000 third-party policy to fix an accident with exotic vehicles, which cost of maintenance has gone up in recent times.

According to the NAICOM’s directive, henceforth (January 1 2023), the premium rate for Motor Third Party Insurance for private vehicles has been increased by 200 per cent to N15,000 as against N5,000 previously charged.

NAICOM also approved N3 million Third Party Property Damage (TPPD) limit for private motors; N5 million limit for own goods, with a premium of N20,000; staff bus premium, N20,000 and TPPD, N3 million.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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