Uninsured drivers add £30 to premiums
Estimates suggest 1.5 million motorists didn't hold valid insurance at some point during the past 12 months – the equivalent of one driver in 15.
The figures also show there were 392,763 court cases against uninsured drivers in 2005, the most recent year for which figures are available.
However, campaigners say the punishments handed down by courts are too lenient. In particular, protestors want all uninsured drivers who kill to receive jail sentences.
At present, even repeat insurance offenders can avoid prison under sentencing guidelines and the average fine for uninsured driving is £177, while the average cost of comprehensive insurance is £800, according to the AA.