Crackdown on uninsured vehicles

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning has outlined the final aspects of new regulations that will make it illegal for motorists to keep, let alone drive, an uninsured vehicle.

Under the proposed Continuous Insurance Enforcement, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will work with the Motor Insurers' Bureau to identify all uninsured vehicles except those with a valid Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN).

Owners of the identified vehicles will be notified and asked to immediately insure them and may have to pay fines.

According to the regulations laid in Parliament, the DVLA will have the authority to seize and destroy the vehicles if they remain uninsured, regardless of whether the fine is paid.

Mr Penning said: "Uninsured drivers injure 23,000 people each year and add £30 to every responsible motorist's premium so we need to do everything we can to keep them off the roads.

"These new powers will help us to take targeted action while freeing up police time to deal with the hard core of offenders."

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