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January 20, 2009

New measures to eradicate uninsured drivers

by Gill Montia

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Road safety minister, Jim Fitzpatrick, has announced new measures that will make life more difficult for uninsured drivers.

The Government plans to create an offence of keeping an uninsured vehicle, to sit alongside driving when uninsured.

The minister accuses a selfish minority of drivers who refuse to insure their cars of increasing premiums for other motorists, adding that they are also responsible for a high proportion of road deaths.

According to latest figures, uninsured and untraced drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.

The new system will involve DVLA working in partnership with insurers to identify uninsured vehicles.

The vehicle owners will then be given a set period in which to take out cover, or face a fine of £100.

Vehicles that remain uninsured may be seized and destroyed, even if the fine has been paid.

Recent advances in technology and new police powers mean over 400 vehicles a day are seized because they have been driven uninsured and Mr Fitzpatrick is confident that the new legislation will leave no hiding place for uninsured drivers.

However, people who keep vehicles on private land because they are collectors, or enjoy tinkering under the bonnet, will not be required to take out insurance if they complete a Statutory Off Road Notification and sent it to DVLA.


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