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Tough measures for the uninsured

22 October 2004

The cars of uninsured drivers could be pulled off the road and destroyed under new police powers being proposed by the Government today.

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The cars of uninsured drivers could be pulled off the road and destroyed under new police powers being proposed by the Government today.

The Department for Transport says the tough measures will help to clamp down on the huge number of uninsured motorists driving on UK roads.

It wants to let police seize vehicles and then destroy them if the correct insurance documents are not produced. Drivers will first be issued with a fine, although the exact penalties have yet to be determined.

The new powers would bolster the effectiveness of number plate-reading cameras, which are already being used to identify automatically cars registered to uninsured drivers. Currently, the police can only issue a fixed penalty of £200 and six penalty points to uninsured motorists, who are then free to continue driving.

What Car?’s editor, David Motton, said: ‘Uninsured drivers are a menace. They’re more likely to be involved in an accident and break other laws, and they add £30 to every law-abiding motorist’s insurance.

‘We hope the new powers are pushed into action as quickly as possible and that police forces have the resources to act on them and clean up UK roads.’

Around 1.2 million drivers have no insurance. They are involved in accidents costing millions of pounds each year.

The new proposals follow recommendations made in August in a report on uninsured driving, which found young drivers in particular were willing to risk a small fine to avoid the high cost of insurance.

Consultation on the proposals will end on November 26 and the Government aims to have the new laws in place some time next year.

  • If you’re involved in an accident with an uninsured driver you can reclaim the cost of repairs and receive compensation for injury through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau at www.mib.org.uk.

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