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October 29, 2010

Men make up 81% of convicted uninsured drivers

by Gill Montia

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Eighty-one per cent of those convicted of uninsured driving are men and 42% of all uninsured drivers are under 26, according to research from Confused.com.

The price comparison site suggests that a vicious circle is now occurring as spiralling insurance costs for young drivers actually encourage uninsured driving.

The firm’s recent price index revealed that 17 to 20-year-olds have seen car premiums increase by £616 over the last 12 months, taking the average premium to £2,080.

Regionally, Bradford tops the league for uninsured drivers, helping to account for rises of up to 58% on motor premiums for people living in the area.

Research from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau puts West Gorton, Manchester, in second place, with the Birmingham suburbs of Small Heath, Handsworth and Saltley following on.

Confused.com head of motor, Will Thomas, says: “Uninsured drivers are costing the insurance industry around £500 million a year which unfortunately means higher premiums for law-abiding motorists.”

He adds: “Covering the cost of uninsured drivers adds around £30 to every honest motorist’s policy and is no doubt part of the reason why insurance premiums have gone up a massive 37% over the course of the year, with more rises likely to follow.”

Confused.com recommends shopping around carefully for insurance for young drivers, as no two providers assess risk in the same way; some specialize in young drivers, female drivers or those without no-claims bonus.


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