Sri Lanka Insurance Regulatory Commission, the regulator of the insurance industry says that there is no truth in the rumours that accident claims are not paid during the lockdown unless the vehicle has particular permission to drive. Director-General of the Commission Mrs Damayanthi Fernando who was responding to a query by Lankasara regarding the rumour that only vehicles travelling on the road with proper permission can obtain insurance compensation in the event of an accident involving vehicles travelling on the roads during the lockdown period.
“We insure a vehicle in accordance with a certain agreement. There is no such mention anywhere in the agreement. On the other hand, there may be times when someone has to go in their own vehicle due to an emergency or for a medical examination such as a PCR. Therefore, it is not possible to impose such a condition. Every insurance company operating in the country has some agreement in this regard. All of them can get the relevant insurance compensation, ”said Mrs Damayanthi Fernando.
However, in this situation, the use of vehicles responsibly is the responsibility of the entire people of this country and it is very important that they act in accordance with the law, the Director-General pointed out.