New law set to make life tougher for uninsured drivers

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Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has proposed a tough new law which will make life even tougher for uninsured drivers.

It will soon be an offence to own an uninsured vehicle – whereas before it was only an offence if you were caught driving one.

Jim Fitzpatrick said: "Increased police powers already mean more than 400 uninsured vehicles are seized every day but these tough new measures will leave uninsured drivers with nowhere to hide."

The DVLA’s computer records will be vital in catching the owners of uninsured vehicles and much of the information will come from the insurance industry.

When an uninsured car owner is identified they will have a period of grace within which they can fix up insurance. Failure to meet the deadline will result in a £100 fine and face the threat of having their car seized and destroyed.

It is estimated that uninsured driving puts an extra £30 a year on every law-abiding motorist’s insurance premium and that uninsured and untraced drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.

Written by Carrie Oakey

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