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Insurance Federation Calls for Return to Point System

Mar 21, 2007

According to "Jordan Times", with 98,049 road accidents recorded last year resulting in 885 deaths, the Jordan Insurance Federation (JIF) said this week it wants auto insurance premiums linked to the number of traffic violations committed by drivers. According to JIF Chairman Abdul Salam Tarawneh, the 1998 point system should be reactivated to raise insurance premiums for drivers convicted of traffic violations. Drivers who have no violations would benefit from reduced premiums. Linking traffic points to the level of insurance premiums is common practice in Europe and the US and has proved effective in limiting the number of road accidents, President of the Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents Mohammad Dabbas noted. First introduced in April 1998, the point system allows drivers a maximum of 16 points before their licenses are revoked. But the system was not enforced after banned motorists complained of losing their jobs and of being unable to support their families.

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