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Uninsured drivers left with nowhere to hide by new crackdown

20 January 2009

RoadSafe welcomes the tough new powers to tackle the selfish minority of uninsured drivers set out by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick. The new measures will make it an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle - rather than just to drive when uninsured - making it easier to catch uninsured drivers and keep them off the roads.

Latest estimates are that around 6.5% (around 2 million) of GB motorists drive uninsured. Uninsured driving adds around £30 a year to every motorist's insurance premium - amounting to more than £400m a year in additional premiums. It is also estimated that uninsured and untraced drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.

Further details are available here.