MIB reveals uninsured drivers report

| September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has revealed that London has the highest number of uninsured drivers after a report discovered that more than 1.7 million people drove without cover last year.

Thirteen percent of vehicles in Greater London were found to be driven illegally - the highest proportion for any region.

The Bureau, which compensates people in accidents with uninsured drivers, said other worst offenders could be found in Merseyside and Greater Manchester with 12% and 10% of vehicles uninsured respectively.

A campaign is being launched by the MIB to warn drivers not to let their car insurance cover expire, as uninsured drivers could have their vehicle seized and would face a £200 fine, as well as a minimum of six penalty points on their driving licence.

Research found that 232,000 uninsured drivers were convicted last year and more than 70,000 cars were crushed or sold.

Ashton West, MIB’s chief executive, said the figures were “staggering” and added “there is no doubt that the number of drivers caught each year is increasing significantly, so drivers simply cannot afford to be complacent.

“Indeed, the number of drivers across the UK who were caught without insurance last year would fill Wembley Stadium more than twice. The message to motorists is clear: driving uninsured is simply not worth the risk.”

Mr West does accept that many motorists are faced with severe financial pressure as a result of the recession but warns that insurance is an absolute necessity and drivers cannot afford to be complacent.

However, Direct Line recently claimed that rogue drivers getting behind the wheel without insurance are not being deterred because the penalties if they’re caught are too lenient.

But uninsured drivers should note that they are five times more likely to be involved in road collisions, Direct Line said, and are responsible for around 160 road deaths every year.


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