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March 18, 2009

One in five motorists drive without insurance

by David Masters

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One in five motorists admitted to driving a car without insurance in a recent survey by moneysupermarket.com.

The price comparison site found that 19% of drivers have broken the law by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle they weren’t insured to take on the road.

Nearly a tenth (9%) of motorists have driven their own car without insurance, whilst 8% have driven someone else’s car whilst not adequately insured.

Men are more likely than women to flout insurance laws, with one in four admitting to driving whilst uninsured, compared to one in six women.

Andy Leadbetter, moneysupermarket.com director of insurance, said: “It is a shame to see so many of us have taken to the roads when uninsured to drive, and this year’s results reveal a worrying trend.

“In 2008 we found 15 per cent of motorist admitting to the offence so 2009 has seen an unfortunate increase.”

He added that penalties for those caught driving without insurance include a £200 on-the-spot fine and six points on their driving license.

The uninsured vehicle can also be impounded, with a £150 collection charge and £20 per day storage fee.

“If Brits are forgoing their motor insurance for cost reasons it clearly is a false economy,” Leadbetter said.


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