Figures yesterday by the motoring body showed 96 per cent of the 3.15 million members who voted by post approved the move, announced in July. The turn-out was 67 per cent.
Eligible AA members will receive a payment of up to pounds 248 by 15 October, slightly more than initial forecasts. Those subject to the full rate of income tax - estimated at 500,000 - will be able to bank about pounds 185.
Sir Brian Shaw, the AA chairman, said: "We are delighted such an overwhelming majority followed the AA committee's recommendation to support this deal. With the backing of Centrica the AA will be in a position to continue providing the finest road services."
A final set of figures will be released on Monday after votes from a special general meeting of AA members, which was held yesterday in London, have been included. At the session, Sir Brian endured a three-hour barrage of criticism from enraged AA supporters, who felt the 94-year-old body should preserve its mutual status into the new millennium.
"We are still going to call you members, although technically you will be customers," Sir Brian told the 500-strong audience. Centrica, which operates credit card services alongside its energy-supply business, estimates it can shave pounds 85m in costs as it absorbs the AA. Analysts suggest up to 2,500 AA staff could lose their jobs.Reuse content