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Clampdown on uninsured drivers

11 August 2004

Uninsured drivers face having their cars impounded and then crushed if they do not fall into line with the law.

Long arm of the law: Tough solution aims to stop one million uninsured drivers

Uninsured drivers face having their cars impounded and then crushed if they do not fall into line with the law.

The tough solution is one of a package of measures the Department for Transport wants to introduce to tackle the one million uninsured drivers in the UK.

Motorists also face fines for failing to renew their insurance on time, and databases will be improved and linked so police can tell which cars are registered to uninsured drivers.

Transport minister David Jamieson said consultation would now start to pave the way for new laws: ‘We are determined to tackle the menace of uninsured driving. Law-abiding motorists are fed up with paying the price for antisocial motorists who drive uninsured, often in untaxed and unroadworthy vehicles.’

The Government proposals coincide with the publication of a new report today, which says penalties for driving uninsured are not tough enough to dissuade motorists from taking the risk.

The new research by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) also shows uninsured drivers are highly likely to be breaking other laws and pose a significant risk to road safety. They are: 10 times more likely to have been convicted for drink-driving; six times as likely to have been convicted for driving an unroadworthy vehicle; and three times as likely to have been prosecuted for driving without care and attention.

Claims involving uninsured drivers cost up to £500m a year, according to the ABI, and add £30 onto the policies of every honest motorist.

Motoring groups the AA Motoring Trust and RAC Foundation have welcomed the proposals.

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