Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed tough new powers to tackle the selfish minority of uninsured drivers who cost law-abiding motorists £400m each year.
The new measures will make it an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle – rather than just to drive when uninsured – making it easier to catch uninsured drivers and keep them off the roads.
The DVLA will work in partnership with the insurance industry to identify uninsured vehicles. Motorists will receive a letter telling them that their vehicle appears to be uninsured and warning them that they will be fined unless they insure it within a set period. If the keeper fails to insure the vehicle they will be given a £100 fine and if the vehicle remains uninsured – regardless of whether the fine is paid – it could then be seized and destroyed.
Uninsured driving adds around £30 a year to every motorist’s insurance premium – amounting to more than £400m a year in additional premiums. It is also estimated that uninsured and untraced drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.
The Government has already given the police powers to seize and destroy vehicles being driven uninsured, along with improved access to the Motor Insurance Database to enhance their capability to detect uninsured driving by using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) equipment. Police removed around 150,000 vehicles in 2007 – more than 400 a day.
Last year a new offence of causing death by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured was introduced.
David Hanson said:
“The latest estimates are that around 6.5% (around 2 million) of GB motorists drive uninsured. The penalty for driving without insurance is a maximum fine of £5,000 and 6-8 penalty points. Around 300,000 offenders are convicted for uninsured driving every year.
“Uninsured drivers push up car premiums and kill or injure thousands of people every year.
“I am pleased that the Government is taking this tough action against the selfish minority of drivers.”