New crackdown on uninsured cars

New Government proposals could make it illegal for motorists to keep an uninsured car in Britain, giving authorities the power to fine owners, and seize and crush vehicles.

The new regulations are planned to be enforced by comparing data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) with that held by Motor Insurers' Bureau to uncover cars registered for use on the road but not insured.

Owners will then be contacted by letter to warn them that they face a fine of £100 if they do not insure the vehicle or secure a statutory off-road notification (SORN), failing which the car could be seized and crushed regardless of whether a fine was paid or not.

Those with a SORN, which confirms that their car is not being used on the road, would not be affected by the change in the law.

At present, it is illegal to drive a car without insurance, enabling police to seize them if they are found in use on the road.

The change in the law hopes to reduce the number of road casualties involving uninsured drivers each year, which cost motorists an estimated £30 million.

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