Accidents involving uninsured drivers have risen for the first time in more than a decade, according to the organisation that compensates crash victims.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) announced that in the year to July the number of cases submitted to it was up by almost 10 per cent, equating to about 12,000 incidents.
This is the first rise since 2004 – the number of cases had been decreasing, but before then the MIB was getting 25,000 claims per year involving uninsured drivers.
However, according to the MIB, the rise could have been caused by factors such as an increase in drivers on the UK’s roads and the effectiveness of law enforcement.
MIB chief executive Ashton West said: “The numbers of claims handled by MIB each year highlights the devastating impact of uninsured driving on communities and families up and down the country. In the last year or so, for the first time in a decade or more, we are starting to see the trend of reduction actually change direction, and we have started to see it increase.
“We recognise the need to understand the increase in claims further so are currently undertaking a piece of work to explore what impact this could be having. Ultimately, our message is the same as always – if you are driving without insurance you will get caught.”
According to the industry body, seizures by police were also on the rise as they took 145,000 cars off the road in 2016. Roughly 58,000 of those were destroyed.