Road Safety GB has endorsed DfT plans to make it illegal to keep an uninsured car in Britain whether it is being driven or not.
Owners who have not declared their uninsured cars and vans off the road could have them seized and crushed, but those with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) would not be affected.
Mike Penning, the road safety minister, said uninsured cars were a "real road safety issue". The measure, introduced under Labour, will be made law “shortly” but the DfT does not have a definite date for when an announcement will be made.
At present it is illegal to drive a car while uninsured. The police have the power to seize, and in some cases destroy the vehicle that is being driven uninsured. Under the new system it will be an offence to keep an uninsured car.
It will be enforced by comparing the databases of the DVLA with that held by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which was set up to compensate victims of uninsured drivers.
Owners of uninsured vehicles will then be contacted by letter to warn them they face a £100 fine if the car or van is not insured by a certain date. If the vehicle remains uninsured, regardless of whether a fine has been paid or not, it could then be seized and crushed.
The DfT says that uninsured driving adds about £30 a year to every motorist’s insurance premium.
Mike Penning said: "If anybody has a vehicle they’re not going to use on the road, they can declare that off the road and that will be absolutely fine.
"But we have over a million vehicles driving around which are not insured which is a huge burden on other insurers and actually a real road safety issue."
Alan Kennedy, chair of Road Safety GB, said: “Any move to help remove uninsured drivers from our roads is welcomed by Road Safety GB.
"Uninsured drivers are involved in a disproportionately high number of collisions which may indicate that they have less regard for their own safety or the safety of others. We all have a part to play in terms of improving road safety and uninsured drivers have no place on our roads.”