Over one million Brits risk driving without car insurance

14 May 2008 / by Daniela Gieseler
1.15 million Britons admit to having driven a car without car insurance in the last 12 months, a study by Sainsbury's Car Insurance has revealed.

Driving a car without insurance is illegal in the UK, and those caught red-handed will either be fined, banned from driving, or could even have their car crushed. Despite these drastic penalties court cases are on the rise: the latest available figure reports 392,763 court cases against drivers without valid car insurance.

The majority of offenders were young people aged between 17 and 24, with nearly 40 per cent of the respondents belonging to this age group, and a further 22 per cent aged 25 to 34.

From a geographical point of view London tops the list of uninsured drivers with 6 per cent of people admitting to having driven without car insurance in the past year, whereas in the Midlands only one per cent of drivers flaunted the law.

The reasons the respondents gave for not taking out car insurance differed: 19 per cent said they could not afford it, another 19 per cent thought it was not necessary, 13 per cent forgot about it and about the same amount of people said they did not have the time to arrange it.

Sainsbury's Car Insurance is one of many motor insurance providers that could provide quick and easy cover for the 1.15 million Brits who have broken the law in the last twelve months.

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