Awareness campaign launch ahead of motor insurance crackdown
by Gill Montia
The Department for Transport has today launched a national awareness campaign warning motorists that from 20th June, it becomes an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured.
To make sure everyone is aware of change, adverts will be appearing on satellite and terrestrial TV channels.
According to Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning: “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.”
Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) chief executive, Ashton West, adds: “Around 4% of vehicles have no motor insurance at any given time, and this needs to change so that is why this new enforcement approach is so important.”
Under the new system:
If the keeper fails to insure a vehicle without a valid Statutory Off Road Notice they will receive a £100 fine.
If the vehicle remains uninsured – regardless of whether the fine is paid – further action will be taken.
If the vehicle is on public land it could be clamped, seized and destroyed, or court action could be taken, with the offender facing a fine of up to £1,000.
The MIB website allows motorist to check if their vehicle is on its database for free, and says it continues to work with leading insurers to make sure customer details are recorded correctly.