New powers to find and fine the UK’s 1.4 million uninsured drivers have just been announced.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning plans tough penalties for keeping an uninsured vehicle. Right now, that’s not an offence: you risk prosecution only when you drive an uninsured vehicle.
But the plan is that, in future, it’ll be against the law to keep a car without insurance, unless you’ve already told the DVLA you’ll be keeping the car off-road and you do as you promised.
Mr Penning said uninsured drivers increase premiums for other motorists and often drive with no regard for other road users.
‘More than 400 uninsured vehicles are already being seized by the police every day but it is simply not possible to catch every uninsured driver in this way.
The Department for Transport estimates that as many as one in 25 drivers is without insurance. The current penalty is a fine of up to £5000 and 6-8 licence penalty points. Around 242,000 offenders are convicted annually.
Since 2005, police have had improved access to insurance company records and powers to seize uninsured vehicles. In 2009, they took 180,000 uninsured cars, bikes and vans off the road.