The Boston City Council is growing frustrated with the sky rocketing prices of car insurance rates in the city.
Council President Andrea Campbell is requesting a hearing regarding car insurance rates in Boston.
“It’s an issue for all of us,” she said. “Anyone that owns a car in the city of Boston knows how expensive insurance is.”
Automobile insurance rates in the city is among the highest in the country. According to Campbell, communities in Boston that are predominantly lower income and minority concentrated have the highest, most expensive rates in Boston.
“This is true even if the driver has a good record,” said Campbell.
“I want to create a space where residents can come forward and discuss the frustrations with the insurance rates,” Campbell added.
Campbell said the high insurance rates can cause serious economic hardships for families trying to get by. This is especially true for residents and families who rely on cars to get them to work or school since certain neighborhoods in the city are not close to MBTA stations.
According to Campbell, in California there are regulations so different neighborhoods aren’t forced to deal with higher rates than others. She would be interested in the Commonwealth creating regulations like that.
Councilor Tim McCarthy believes the disparity between communities in terms of rates is “ridiculous.”
For Roxbury, the average auto insurance liability premiums for experienced drivers is set 204 percent of the statewide average and Dorchester is 188 percent of the statewide average.
Another issue is car owners registering cars in different cities and towns when they live in Boston, according to councilor Matt O’Malley, in an effort to get cheaper rates.
“That is something we need to talk about as well,” he said.
O’Malley suggested that the council invites their colleagues from the State House for the hearing.
A hearing will be scheduled at a later date.