New Act to crack down on uninsured drivers

08 April 2005
New Act to crack down on uninsured drivers

The new Serious Organised Crime Act, to come into effect this year, will allow the police to crack down on uninsured drivers.

Under provisions in the Act, the police will have improved access to the industry's Motor Insurance Database, helping them detect motorists putting safety at risk by driving without insurance.

The police will also be given the power to seize and possibly even destroy uninsured vehicles they find being driven.

The new provisions are welcomed by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), which states that the UK has one of the highest levels of uninsured driving in Europe - one in twenty motorists is driving without insurance at any one time, the ABI claims.
"We are pleased that the Government has seized the opportunity to act on what the industry has been calling for - better detection of and stiffer penalties for illegal and dangerous motorists who drive uninsured," Nick Starling, director of general insurance with the ABI, comments.
"This Act will send out a clear message: driving without insurance is a serious and dangerous crime, which the government, in partnership with the insurance industry and the police, is determined to reduce."
A survey conducted last month by Sainsbury's Bank revealed that uninsured drivers were costing honest motorists about £600 million a year in extra premiums.
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