New zero-tolerance drunk driving law: Insurance affected by booze ban

New zero-tolerance drunk driving law: Insurance affected by booze ban

- Strict drunk-driving laws are in the pipeline for SA and motorists are in for a shock

- A new zero-tolerance approach has passed into law and will eliminate any drinking before getting behind the wheel

- This could spell disaster for those expecting their insurance to pay out after being involved in an accident

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Dropping in at your favorite bar for a drink after work with the regulars on your way home is set to become a thing of the past.

South Africa has passed strict drunk-driving laws that prevent motorists from having a drop of liquor in their system while on the road.

The current 0.05g per 100ml blood alcohol level allowed for drivers has been eradicated in favour of the new zero-tolerance 0% law.

This means that having even a single drink could spell big trouble for citizens. Being involved in an accident will land you on the wrong side of the law.

SowetanLIVE spoke to Wynand van Vuuren, King Price customer experience partner, who warned this could have a massive impact on insurance:

“Insurers have the right to refuse to pay accident claims if the driver’s blood alcohol level is over the legal limit. This clause is included in almost every car insurance policy in SA. Previously, it was difficult to determine whether people were over the legal limit, and whether their driving ability was in fact impaired. The new zero-tolerance approach removes this grey area.

READ ALSO: Provinces with greatest Covid-19 strain call for return of liquor ban

In other words, a fender bender after a beer with your mates could mean your insurance bails on payment:

“If you break the law by driving with alcohol in your blood, your insurer will have no obligation to meet your claim.”

In instances such as this, the driver would be deemed high risk and premiums will increase drastically.

A drunk driving conviction may even see your insurer cancelling your policy, making it troublesome to gain coverage elsewhere to boot. reported that numerous provinces are calling for the return of the liquor ban amid the Covid-19 pandemic as crime and casualties spike.

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