Two million vehicles without insurance on D.R. roads: How many in Barbados?
When driving in the Dominican Republic you may practically be on your own.
Despite insurance being obligatory, the Dominican Chamber of Insurance Companies (Cadoar) says only 34% of vehicles in circulation are insured. Of 3,215,773 units registered with the Tax Department, only 1,109,400 are insured, says Cadoar. As a result, according to Caodar, public hospitals have to pick up the bill for treating injured accident victims, or the car owner is fully responsible for the medical procedures and car repairs.
Cadoar says last year they received 79,707 claims and had losses of RD$400 million.
Cadoar is calling for changes to Law 146-02, pointing out that it is a requirement of the DR-CAFTA.
The breakdown of registered motor vehicles is:
- Motorcycles: 52.2%, or 1,678,979
- Cars: 22.3%, 717,087
- Buses: 81,660
- SUVs: 312,170
- Trucks and pickups: 372,238
- Dumpers: 19,165
- Heavy machinery: 19,978
- Others: 14,496
The statistics indicate that of 3.2 million vehicles, 1.6 million motorcycles are on the roads in the National District, 12.7% in the province of Santo Domingo, 7.7% in La Vega and 60.5% in other provinces.
Of the cars, 41.4% are in the National District, 22.2% in Santo Domingo, 10.8% in Santiago and 25.6% in remaining provinces.
Of the buses, 36.2% circulate in the National District, 24.2% in Santo Domingo, 7.8% in Santiago and 31.8% in the rest of the country.
Of the SUVs, 33.5% is registered in the National District, 18.6% in Santo Domingo, 13.1% in Santiago and 34.8% in the rest of the country.