If your insurance has lapsed, it means that your policy was terminated but the issue doesn't just end there. Read to find out more.
It is quite common for people to miss paying monthly utility bills, loans, and mortgages because there are simply too many due dates to remember. It is also normal if you even forget to renew your car insurance policy especially when it is required to do so annually.
But first… what does ‘lapse’ mean?
A lapse in car insurance policy payment simply means the policyholders stopped paying their insurance premiums after the policy has expired. However, some insurers do offer grace period for customers to renew their policy after it has expired, usually for a short period of time before they cancel the policy entirely.
You can’t renew your road tax
Yes, you read that right. Without a valid or in-force policy, you won’t be able to renew your road tax through JPJ. If you get caught driving your car with an expired road tax by JPJ or the police, you could be fined up to RM3,000 or be summoned to court to pay your fine.
You won’t be covered by the insurance company
If your car insurance policy has expired, it automatically disqualifies you and your vehicle from getting coverage or protection from the insurer. Hence without an in-force policy, any financial impact caused by car accidents are not claimable. This may include expenses from having to repair damages to your car, medical and hospitalization bills, and many more that could put you in financial distress.
You may cough up more in insurance premium renewal
Some people would rather save up some money by not renewing their car insurance policy. Making late payments or simply letting it lapsed could end up making you pay more. Insurer may categorize you as their high-risk customers, where the premium charged will be higher than low-risk customers.
You are driving illegally and could be fined by JPJ
Do you know it’s illegal to drive without a valid car insurance? During the lockdown period, the Ministry of Transport gave an exemption or extension period to car owners to renew their road tax and driver licenses. However, car insurance renewal is still made mandatory nationwide. Failure to do so may get you penalized under the Road Transport Act 1987, where fines could go up to RM 1,000 with a potential three years in prison.
How to avoid future lapses?
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