Drivers warned of new insurance law

A new law will mean drivers must keep their car insured unless they have declared it off the road, motoring organisations have warned.

Motorists will needcar insurance even if they aren't using their vehicle unless they have issued the DVLA with a statutory off-road notice.

The DVLA, the British Insurance Brokers Association and the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) want to raise awareness of the law, being brought in this spring.

Information can be found on the website and details are being issued with tax renewal forms from March.

DVLA corporate affairs director David Evans said: "It is vitally important that motorists understand the change and how it will impact on them. That is why we have added new information to which offers clear advice to help motorists understand the new rules."

Head of motor insurance database services at MIB, Neil Drane, said databases would be systematically checked to tackle uninsured driving.

"The change in law is a stepping up of enforcement activity, so that not only those vehicles driven without insurance will be caught," he said. "Now the registered keeper must make sure that their vehicle is insured all the time. And if it is, then they need not be concerned."

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