One in Six Drivers on UK Roads are Uninsured

May 24, 2011

Research conducted by shows one in six motorists – 16 percent – having broken the law by driving a car they weren’t insured to drive.

Seven percent admitted breaking the law by getting behind the wheel of their own car with no coverage, while an additional seven percent admitted to having driven someone else’s car without insurance.

Two percent admitted to driving their own car uninsured in between renewing their insurance policy.

A new law called Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE), effective beginning in June, will make owning a motor vehicle without insurance illegal unless it has been declared off road.

Anyone who owns a vehicle which isn’t declared as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification), must have valid car, van or motorbike insurance for it or face a fixed penalty notice and possible further legal action.

Further research from found over half of motorists – 56 percent- said CIE would make them more vigilant and encourage them to shop around to find a better deal on their car cover, and a quarter – 27 percent – already make certain they are continuously insured.

Ashton West, Chief Executive at the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, said: “The change in law is a stepping up of enforcement activity, so that not only those vehicles driven without insurance will be caught. Now the registered keeper must make sure that their vehicle is insured all the time.


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