South West Wales

Insurance row over vicar's Jesus Christ car stickers

Rev Wena Parry
Image caption Age UK has denied there is a religious motive behind the move

An insurance company has threatened to void the policy of a Christian minister because she put religious stickers on her car.

Reverend Wena Parry, 75, was told that stickers saying "Christ Must Be Saviour" and "Christ For Me" could be regarded as "modifications" and could invalidate her insurance policy.

Reverend Parry, from Cymmer in Neath Port Talbot, told BBC Wales' X-Ray she believes she has been treated unfairly because of her religious beliefs by Age UK insurance.

"There might be somebody within that company that hates Christianity." she said.

Age UK denied there was a religious motive behind the move.

Reverend Parry says the large signs on the bonnet and sides of the car help spread the gospel message.

Image caption Rev Parry received a warning that her policy may be voided

"Every opportunity I have I want to tell people about Jesus. I reckon there must at least a million people who have read the texts on my car," she said.

The company first objected to the stickers when she tried to claim on her policy after a part was stolen from the car and photographs were submitted as part of the claim.

She was given 10 days to explain why she had not told them about the stickers, and an additional cigarette lighter point in the boot, when she took the policy out.

She was warned: "The policy may be declared void".

Age UK told her in a letter: "These modifications do not fit our acceptance criteria for motor insurance and cover would have been declined if we had been made aware of these at the time of purchasing your policy.

'Review'

But they denied that the threat to withdraw the policy had anything to do with religion.

A spokesman said: "The situation regarding Reverend Parry's claim was in no way related to the Christian nature of her graphics."

They said their insurers Ageas Insurance Limited had investigated the sale of her policy.

"They have concluded that our request to declare all modifications was not made clear enough to Rev Parry and therefore she did not know which vehicle enhancements should have been declared.

"They say they will review the wording on their policy applications."

X-Ray, Monday 2 February, BBC One Wales, 19:30 GMT