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July 23, 2010

MIB reveals uninsured driver hotspots

by Gill Montia

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The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has identified the UK’s uninsured driving hotspots and placed Barkerend in Bradford (BD3) at the top of the list.

The West Yorkshire location is followed by West Gorton, Manchester (M12).

With half of the worst-offending postcodes in the West Midlands, the Birmingham suburbs of Small Heath (B10), Handsworth (B21) and Saltley (B8) follow on.

However, significant progress in the fight against uninsured driving has been made, with an overall 20% reduction in the number of uninsured vehicles on UK roads over the past four years, from an estimated 1.8 million to 1.5 million.

The MIB also points out that while the West Midlands accounts for the bulk of the top ten worst offending postcodes, the volume of uninsured drivers in the region is now lower than in previous years.

On a regional basis, the Metropolitan area tops the list, with an estimated one in 10 vehicles uninsured, making it more than twice as likely for drivers in London to have an accident with an uninsured motorist.

The MIB report also reveals that the Police seized 180,000 uninsured vehicles last year, taking the total to more than 600,000 since new laws were introduced in 2005.

In addition 194,000 people were convicted of uninsured driving in 2009 equating to one conviction every three minutes.

The MIB’s chief executive, Ashton West, comments: “The level of seizures and criminal convictions demonstrates that uninsured drivers are consistently being caught and removed from the road.”

He adds: “Even though the number of new claims reported to MIB is reducing, the costs to the industry and ultimately the honest motorist are just too high.”

 

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