Uninsured cars to face crackdown

People who own uninsured vehicles could face fines and the possibility of having their vehicles destroyed.

Under the Government's new Continuous Insurance Enforcement law, a vehicle owner could be fined without actually driving the car by just keeping an uninsured vehicle.

The new law will be enforced from June 20, when uninsured vehicles will be identified and their owners told to either pay a £100 fine or take acar insurance policy or declare their vehicle off the road.

If an uninsured vehicle is found on public land it could then be clamped, seized and destroyed. The owners may even face court prosecution.

Mike Penning, the Road Safety Minister said: "Anyone who receives a warning letter should take action immediately by getting insurance or contacting the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to declare their vehicle off the road."

Ashton West, Chief Executive at the Motor Insurers' Bureau, said: "We know who the registered keepers are with vehicles that have no insurance and letters will be dropping on to their doormats from this week. It's no longer a case of if you will get caught, but when you will get caught.

"An estimated 1.4 million drivers are flouting the law by driving without insurance. This is a serious offence and results in accidents that cause about 160 deaths each year and more than 23,000 people are injured by uninsured drivers. It also adds around £30 per year to honest drivers' motor insurance policies."

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