An investigation has revealed that motorists with the name Mohammed are being charged more for car insurance.
It was revealed during an investigation by The Sun
that top firms like Admiral, Marks & Spencer, Bell, Elephant and Diamond charged low price for insurance if the vehicle's owner has the English name “John”.
The Sun conducted the investigation in ten cities across the UK.
For example, an investigation in Admiral revealed that one John Smith paid only £1,333 for a fully comprehensive insurance for a 2007 Ford Focus in Leicester, which was £2,252 for a Mohammed Ali.
Marks & Spencer asked for £3,182 to insure one Mohammed Smith's car in Cardiff, while asking £2,949 from a “John Smith.”
An infuriated Mohammed Butt, who is also a victim of this discrimination, said this was a classical example of racism.
“It cannot be said that Mohammeds are worse drivers than Johns,” he said.
The Bradford nursing assistant also added that initially Admiral thought his first name was Suleman, but soon increased the insurance charge when he said his first name was Mohammed.
CEO of Admiral Group David Stevens denied the allegations, saying that firm’s anti-fraud software was designed to identify when inaccurate details were entered or intentionally changed.
The Association of British Insurers slammed the discrimination as “unlawful and unacceptable” while Marks & Spencer vowed to probe the claims.