In an alarming turn of events, the number of uninsured motorists on UK roads has risen dramatically over the past year by a staggering 10 per cent.
According to figures published by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), compensation pay-outs due to accidents involving uninsured drivers has increased from 21,972 in July 2014 to 24,213 July this year. This presents a monthly increase of 10.2 per cent.
The MIB estimates that the total number of uninsured drivers in the UK rose to 1.03 million in 2014, which is up 20,000 from 2013. On a more concerning note, prior to this past year, there had been an evident fall in the problem, the number of uninsured drivers reportedly halving over the past decade.
It has been thought that this spike could be the result of the increasingly eye-watering insurance prices, particularly for young people. This could have led to some drivers to do without a comprehensive insurance policy, tellingly encompassed in a factoid suggesting that a massive third of all uninsured motorists are under 30.
This has led MIB to cooperate with the police in a new national awareness campaign aimed at stamping out this steep trajectory. After the publishing of their report, Ashton West, chief executive at MIB, said: “Worryingly, this year we have seen the number of claims to MIB rising week on week.
“Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed by uninsured drivers. They pose a real threat to other motorists and road users. To address this, we are working proactively with police forces across the UK.”
Author: Oliver Harry