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Kangaroo Attacks Paraglider In Australia

KangarooThose of you who are keen paragliders no doubt love the thrill and excitement of taking to the air and pitting yourself against the elements in the sky. Once airborne, you are faced with many challenges but this is just one of the many attractions of the sport.

Having spent some time travelling many miles paragliding, you are then faced with the danger of having to make a safe landing. Most paragliders land without a problem but some suffer broken limbs if they mis-judge their landing perhaps due to a sudden gust of wind putting them of course and leaving them stranded in the branches of a large oak tree.

It is no doubt a great sense of relief having put two feet safely on the earth without suffering any mishap. Surely nothing untoward can then happen?

Well, this was not the case for a 35-year-old paraglider over in Australia. Apparently, the man in question had enjoyed a wonderful couple of hours paragliding. He descended and both feet safely touched the ground at the Orroral Valley Space Tracking Station near Canberra. However, even before he had had the opportunity to gather his parachute and get out of his gear he saw a kangaroo skipping hastily towards him. Having then warmly greeted the approaching kangaroo the marsupial then proceeded to attack him not once but twice by punching him.

Fortunately, he did not suffer any serious injury and hopefully the unexpected experience will not have put him off paragliding in the future although he will no doubt be on the look out for any kangaroos in the vicinity of where he next plans to land.

Fortunately, coming face to face with a kangaroo is not something that paragliders taking to the air here in the UK are likely to encounter when landing although no doubt some people have probably come down in a field of cattle and felt a little uneasy.

Lady Accused Of Severing Hand And Claiming On Insurance Policy

Apparently, a female has been accused by the police force in Slovenia of deliberately getting a member of her family to help her cut off one of her hands. So, why would someone do such a thing?

Well, it is claimed that the 21-year-old lady, not too long ago, took out an insurance policy that would pay out in the event of an injury. This policy is believed to have provided cover in the event of such a claim for in the region of a lump sum of 400,000 Euros plus 3,000 Euros per month. We are sure that you will agree these are significant sums of money.

It is claimed that a circular saw was used to severe the woman’s hand from just above her wrist. We are sure that you will agree this does sound rather gruesome and, if proved to be correct, shows what extreme lengths someone will go to try to defraud an insurance company.

Apparently, the woman in question along with a relative of hers are in police custody and could end up spending as long as 8 years in prison if found guilty of what they have been accused of.

It is also claimed that some relatives of the woman who is under investigation got her to the hospital but did not bring the hand that had been cut off with them and informed hospital staff she had been sawing some branches at the time the injury took place. Subsequently, the lady’s hand has been located and re-attached to her arm.

If her and the detained relative are found guilty then they could face as long as 8 years in prison.

Here in the UK, a Personal Accident Plan will usually pay out a lump sum for a legitimate claim due to a certain occurrence such as the loss of a limb. If this is something you are interested in then why not give us a call here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and a member of our team will be pleased to discuss your requirements and obtain a competitive quotation for your consideration without any obligation.

25% Of UK Households Have No Contents Insurance

Whilst it is not a legal requirement to insure the contents and personal possessions in your home, surely it is a sensible thing to cover against the likes of fire, theft or accidental damage. After all, the cost of replacing things like your furniture, white goods and clothes could run into many thousands of pounds.

Well, according to the recently published ABI’s Home Insurance Premium Tracker covering 2018, a staggering one in four households here in the UK have not bothered to arrange such cover. That equates to around six million households.

Yet, the average cost of insuring home contents is only £127 per annum. That is a mere £2.44 per week – a small price to pay for the peace of mind of knowing that you can replace your contents if they are damaged in a fire and only have to pay the excess towards the cost of the items replaced.

Below is a list of the percentage of households in the UK that do not have home contents insurance broken down on a regional basis: –

Northern Ireland                      18%

South East                               19%

East Midlands                         21%

Yorkshire & Humberside        22%

East Anglia                             22%

South West                              22%

Wales                                      22%

North West                              24%

Scotland                                  26%

West Midlands                        28%

North East                               32%

London                                    45%

As you can see, Northern Ireland has the lowest percentage of households without contents cover at 18% and London has the highest percentage at 45%.

The above tracker also revealed that the average premium for buildings insurance in 2018 stood at £258 per annum with this being a drop of 8% when compared with the previous year. The average cost of combined buildings and contents insurance was £307 per annum with this being 1% more than in 2017.

Here at AIB Insurance, we have an extensive panel of closely vetted insurance companies that provide buildings and contents cover. So, if you are a single person living in rented accommodation looking to insure your contents or a family living in your own home looking to cover the buildings and contents, why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and speak with a friendly, experienced member of our team. He or she will discuss your requirements and then look to obtain a no-obligation quotation from one of our panel members with a view to providing you and your family with complete peace of mind. We look forward to being of assistance.

Azur Group Joins Our Panel Of Insurers

We are pleased to announce that we have added the Azur Group to our closely vetted panel of Azur Underwritinginsurers. The company specialises in providing high net worth clients with home and motor insurance through an arrangement with AIG that used to be shirt sponsors of Manchester United FC.

Azur has a reputation for providing bespoke insurance products for the discerning client to ensure that their high value home, contents and personal belongings are covered in the event of the likes of a fire, theft or accidental damage and that their executive motor vehicle is insured for the same risks

Home Insurance

Azur’s home insurance provides numerous benefits including clients having peace of mind in knowing that their residential properties have comprehensive cover with contents being insured for up to an impressive 50% of the amount that the building is covered for. Their all risks cover is renowned for being one of the best in the insurance industry.

Any newly purchased items are covered immediately with a period of 90 days being allowed to add something to the home insurance policy. It is pleasing to read that wherever a client takes their contents around the world they will be covered. Another interesting benefit is that even if the cost of rebuilding or repairing a property is more than the amount insured it will still be covered. The cost of providing alternative accommodation is met for up to 3 years. With the ever-increasing threat of cyber attack such cover for up to £100,000 is provided.

Motor Insurance

Azur has a reputation for insuring the likes of luxury and high performance cars providing comprehensive cover. An interesting benefit is that if a vehicle is stolen or damaged beyond repair and is less than 3 years of age it will be replaced with a new one of the identical make and model. If a client or their spouse drives another car that they or a family member does not own that is not mentioned in the schedule of the policy he or she will be insured on a fully comprehensive basis.

For the duration of a claim for repair damage, the cost of providing the insured with a hire car of a similar value to the one that is being repaired will be met. A client can choose anyone to repair their vehicle with manufacturer’s original parts being used wherever possible. Car rental cover is provided for up to 90 days.

Our clients will be pleased to read that Azur are renowned for providing a quality service in all their departments from producing the tailor-made quotation, setting up the home or motor insurance policy and processing any claims.

Here at AIB Insurance, we look forward to working closely with Azur for the benefit of our high net worth clients wishing to arrange quality cover for their residential properties and/or motor vehicles.

Driving in the EEA after Brexit 29th March 2019

 

Here at AIB (Airsports Insurance Bureau Limited), the team are busy ensuring we are all prepared to minimise the impact to our valued clients if Britain leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, and in the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary.

As it stands, if you take your vehicle to Europe, after the 29th March 2019, you will need to ensure you carry a physical Green Card while driving your vehicle in the European Economic Area (EEA) and some other countries (Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland). A list of EEA countries is available on the Gov.uk web site:-  https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea

 

What is a Green card?

A Green Card is an International Certificate issued by your insurer, and acts as evidence that the minimum legal cover required is in force for the country visited whilst driving outside the UK. The Green Card is a physical document which is printed on green paper and cannot be issued in an electronic format. You must therefore ensure you have a green card before you travel.

 

Who needs a green card?

  • If you are travelling to the EU and will return prior to 29th March 2019, you do not need a Green Card and do not need to contact us for a Green Card.
  • If you are planning to be driving your vehicle in the EU on or after 29th March 2019, please contact us 7 to 14 days before you plan to travel so we can understand your needs and issue you with a Green Card if you require one.
  • In the event there is no deal, a Green Card will be required for all vehicles which travel in the EU after 29 March to prove that you have the required insurance, regardless of the level of motor cover provided on your policy. This is true even if you have a foreign use extension on your motor policy.
  • Please note that you will need a Green Card when driving from Northern Ireland to Ireland.

 

Important:

  • Green Cards must be physically presented in the country of travel, as a hard copy, and cannot be presented in a digital format or soft copy.
  • Only printed original Green Cards will be accepted in the country of travel, not copies of any kind.
  • In addition to a Green Card, all drivers will require an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) which can be obtained from The Post Office. Without both documents, the vehicle will not be allowed in to the country. Please refer to the following link for further information: www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving-permit

 

What if a policyholder travels without a Green Card?

They will be breaking the law and may be accused of driving without insurance. They could be subject to a fine, have their vehicle seized or face prosecution. The only other legal option available would be to purchase insurance locally when they arrive in the country (often known as ‘frontier insurance’). However, such insurance cover may not be widely available and may be more expensive than UK issued policies.

 

Action Required: Contact the team

To request a green card, please contact us 7-14 days prior to travelling with appropriate notice.   Please be aware the cost for this depends on your insurer, however, currently most insurers are not charging (this could change in the future).

 

 Contact us by phone

Telephone:         02380 268 351

 Contact us by email

Email us:              info@aib-insurance.co.uk

Given that Brexit is an ever-changing landscape, please keep an eye on any communications released by industry bodies such as BIBA and the ABI, who have created a Q&A document for consumers – https://www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/choosing-the-right-insurance/motor-insurance/travelling-to-the-eu-if-a-no-deal-brexit/

European Use – Brexit Update

Just a quick message to say certain insurers including Markerstudy, Aviva and LV= are now issuing green cards for clients travelling after 31st March 2019.

We recommend if you are travelling in Europe you contact us 14 days prior to departure to ensure cover is maintained. You can contact us on the usual number 02380 268351.

Many Thanks.

2018 Sees Fall In UK New Car Market

Ford Fiesta Unfortunately, 2018 has not been a particularly good year for some motor traders involved in the sale of new cars as, according to information published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there has been quite a fall in the number of new cars registered when compared with the previous year.

In 2018, there were 2,367,147 new cars sold here in the UK whilst in 2017 there were 2,540,617. That is a fall of 173,470 with this representing a drop of 6.8%. Obviously these figures are concerning but let us break them down a little further.

Volkswagen GolfFor instance, what really does stand out is the huge drop in the number of motorists who still chose a new car fuelled by diesel. In 2017, there were 1,065,942 yet in 2018 this had fallen by 315,777 to 750,165. That is a drop of 29.6%. New petrol cars saw an improvement with 1,475,712 new petrol cars sold in 2018 compared to 1,357,782 in 2017 – an increase of 8.7%. New AFVs saw an impressive performance in 2018 with 141,270 being sold whereas in 2017 the figure was 116,893 – that is a rise of 20.9% and it will be interesting to see if we see their popularity continue to grow in 2019. We are certainly seeing an increasing number of AFV charging points in various locations around the UK.

Vauxhall CorsaThe figures for the market share of new diesel, petrol and AFVs are also interesting with the market share for diesel cars dropping from 42% in 2017 to 31.7% in 2018, the market share for petrol cars increasing from 53.4% in 2017 to 62.3% in 2018 and the market share for AFVs increasing from 4.6% in 2017 to 6% in 2018.

So, what were the top 5 best selling new cars in 2018?

  1. Ford Fiesta 95,892
  2. Volkswagen Golf 64,829
  3. Vauxhall Corsa 52,915
  4. Nissan Qashqai 50,546
  5. Ford Focus 50,492

It is pleasing to see Ford featuring in the top 5 with two of their models and Vauxhall with one.Ford Focus

If you are looking to replace your car then why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and, having discussed your requirements, we will gladly obtain a competitive car insurance quotation from our extensive panel of closely vetted insurers. Over the years, we have possibly arranged cover on most makes and models of cars.

Check out some of the vehicles we’ve recently insured!

We’ve been arranging motor insurance for almost any type of vehicle for many years now.  From the modern super car through to the classic and vintage car owner including military vehicles, from the motorhome or kit-car enthusiast to those who modify or import cars we tailor insurance around our clients needs.

 

With a variety of the UK’s leading insurer partners our clients can arrange ‘agreed value’ cover, business use, salvage retention and discounts for garaging, security or limiting the mileage.

 

But can you name the 6 vehicles below we’ve recently insured? No cheating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIB boost Private Client Insurance Division with New Appointment

ByronAirsports Insurance Bureau are delighted to announce expanding our Private Client Insurance team with the addition of Relationship manager, Byron Cuff.

Byron’s technical knowledge and experience of the finance sector will assist in managing, developing and growing the private client division. He will also be working with the established team of Client Advisors to develop and further strengthen relationships with our leading insurer panel.

Byron comes to AIB with over a decade of experience in financial services. In his previous position, Byron was with Simply Health as a corporate client Relationship Manager and prior to that spent 7 years with BeWiser Insurance as Training Manager and latterly, Brand Manager.

AIB spokesperson Megan Greer said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Byron to the Private Client Team in Eastleigh. The appointment is a reflection of our significant growth within the high net worth personal lines arena and our desire to ensure that we continue to offer our clients the best customer service on the market. Byron is a strong addition to the team and his expertise and experience will help continue to take our business forward.’

Byron added: ”I’ve known the management at AIB for many years and watched the company expand and grow so am delighted to be joining such an ambitious business where I can really add value and hit the ground running.  I’m really excited developing new business and taking current business to new heights.”

Byron lives locally in Andover with his partner Klara, has a third nipple, typically supports Manchester United Football Club and is allergic to bees.  Some years ago he once saved two people’s lives in the space of a week.  He noticed a 12 year old boy drowning in a swimming pool and jumped in and saved him and then the following day returned to his car whilst shopping to find a man on the ground having a heart attack.

All the very best of luck Byron.

Unattached Hang Glider Manages To Hold On

Hand Gliding Hang gliding can certainly have its scary moments but when you take to the skies for your first trip in a hang glider accompanied by an instructor you would hope that you are in safe hands. Well, an American who recently made such a trip may beg to differ.

Chris Gurksy from the USA was recently on holiday in Switzerland and decided to go hang gliding for the first time no doubt to enjoy some of the beautiful green fields as well as the mountains. Unfortunately, the adventure did not quite go according to plan due to a serious oversight.

Regrettably, his safety harness was not attached to the hang glider and this was not something that was noticed by the instructor until it was too late. The pair took off from the edge of a mountain several thousand feet tall. By the time they realized something was not quite right they were unable to stop getting airborne.

Mr Gurksy found himself holding onto a bar with one hand and with the other could be seen holding onto the back of the instructor who was having difficulty controlling the hang glider.

Apparently, both were airborne for over 2 minutes during which time Mr Gurksy was no doubt very scared and possibly thought that his life was about to come to an untimely end. Fortunately, this did not happen but when the hang glider descended Mr Gurksy’s feet hit the ground at a speed of around 45 mph and he ended up tearing his left bicep tendon. He also broke his wrist that was no doubt very painful.

Some of you may be surprised to read that Mr Gurksy would like to take to the skies again in a hang glider when he will hopefully have a more enjoyable flight. He is obviously a very brave man as, having gone through what he did that could have resulted in his death, there are possibly a lot of other people who, having had the same worrying experience, would never want to see a hang glider again. We wish him a more successful and uneventful flight when he next gets airborn in a hang glider.

Here at AIB Insurance, we have many years experience in arranging cover for a range of airsports. So, whether you are looking for cover for the first time or your existing policy is shortly up for renewal, why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and have a chat with a knowledgeable member of our team who will happily obtain a no-obligation, competitive quote from one of our vetted insurers. We look forward to being of assistance to you.