Scourge of uninsured drivers highlighted | Motoring Issues - Car News Jul 2018

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12:52 Friday 20 Jul 2018

Stiffer penalties are required to combat the problem of uninsured drivers, say road safety campaigners.

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist says more effort to tackle the issue would also have a positive impact on reducing road deaths.

“Uninsured drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision, and 10 times more likely to have a drink drive conviction”, said GEM’s Neil Worth, adding, “that’s why we believe the time has come to disqualify drivers and riders who deliberately fail to insure their vehicles.”

The current roadside punishment for driving without insurance is a £300 fine and six penalty points, while if the matter ends up in court the guilty party faces an endorsement of 6 to 8 penalty points, a discretionary disqualification, and an unlimited fine.  Figures from the Motor Insurance Bureau estimate the cost to the economy from uninsured driving is around £250 million each year.

“Using our roads is not an automatic right for an individual, and must always come with responsibilities, including the requirement in UK law to ensure you have appropriate vehicle insurance”, continued Mr Worth.

If you suspect a vehicle may be uninsured, GEM Motoring Assist advise contacting the police on the 101 non-emergency number, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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