Auschwitz survivor forced to give up selling poppies as his car insurance rockets to £20k a year
A former prisoner of war who survived Auschwitz can no longer tell of his tales to local school children because he is being forced off the road – or face paying TWENTY THOUSAND POUNDS for his car insurance.
Ron Jones, from Newport, South Wales, has also been a poppy seller in the area for more than 25 years, but will now have to give this up because he is being forced off the road, and says he thinks it is because of his age.
Ron, who is 98, was imprisoned within Auschwitz from October 1943 until January 1945 after being captured in Benghazi, Libya.
For six days a week, 12 hours a day, he worked at a chemical factory, and now shares his stories from the war all around the area, but will have to stop doing this as he can’t get there.
Ron said: “It seems that the quote is based purely on my ages as I am physically and mentally capable of driving.
“I never expected to have a quote of £20,000 so I will have to give up driving now.
“I got my first car in March 1946, and have been driving ever since. Before I was 65 I was only paying £200 to £300.”
Ron has had nine years of no claims bonus until 2011, and only in the last four years has he had three ‘low impact’ incidents.
He was involved in hitting a roundabout, and driving into a car when he was blinded by the sun – both of which were at very low speed so there was never any damage done.
Ron has been selling poppies for the Royal British Legion every November at a Tesco in Newport for more than a quarter of a century.
But this, along with the talks he enjoys doing to school children about his haunting memories will all have to stop when his quotes rocketed from £3,182 to £20,030.
An Age Cymru spokesman said Ron Jones, of Bassaleg, well known for sharing his memories of his time spent detained at Auschwitz concentration camp, has been “priced off the road” by the quote.
The spokeman said: That is an absolutely astonishing leap in Mr Jones’ premiums and he claims he is effectively being priced off the road because of his age.
“Not many people could afford to pay £20,000 a year for car insurance anyway and so it would be interesting to know why the insurance company has quoted Mr Jones such a high sum.”
Ageas (UK), through the broker RIAS, has apologised to Mr Jones.
A spokeswoman said: “Mr Jones should not have received a renewal invitation from RIAS for his car insurance policy this year.
“This was issued in error to Mr Jones, and we are currently investigating the reasons behind this.
“Since being insured with RIAS Mr Jones has had four fault accidents, which has impacted his claims history, and so we are unable to offer him continued car insurance because of this.”
The spokeswoman also said that Mr Jones does not meet its current eligibility criteria.