Motor Insurance Crackdown

24 May 2011

In the ongoing battle to crackdown on uninsured drivers and make the roads safer, new laws come into force on 20 June 2011 which will make it an offence for vehicle owners to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive an uninsured vehicle.

Whilst the number of claims made to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau against drivers without insurance has reduced by 13% in the last 3 years, it is still estimated that there are 1.4 million motorists without insurance, about 900,000 of whom are under the age of 30.

Whilst financial pressures are inevitably forcing drivers to look at ways to reduce motoring costs, uninsured drivers remain a dangerous menace.

Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, says: “Uninsured drivers are a danger on our roads, killing 160 and injuring a further 23,000 people each year, and they cost honest motorists £500 million in extra premiums. That is why we are introducing this tough new law which will leave uninsured drivers with nowhere to hide.”

“Our message is clear – get insured or face a fine, court action or seeing your car seized and destroyed.”

A national awareness campaign has been launched to ensure that everyone is aware of the new scheme, details of which can be found at www.direct.gov.uk and www.mib.org.uk.