A new system to tackle uninsured driving moved a step closer with the final regulations laid before Parliament.
Under Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured. The regulations will allow the DVLA to take action against those who ignore warnings to get their vehicle insured. However, vehicles with a valid Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) will not be required to be insured.
Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: "Uninsured drivers injure 23,000 people each year and add £30 to every responsible motorist’s premium, so we need to do everything we can to keep them off the roads. These new powers will help us to take targeted action while freeing up police time to deal with the hard core of offenders.”
The first insurance advisory letters (which warn individuals that they appear to be uninsured) look likely to be sent at the end of June following a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the CIE scheme.
The Motor Insurance Database (MID) will be used to identify registered keepers of vehicles that appear to have no insurance.
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