Number of motorists driving without insurance soars

The number of motorists driving without insurance on UK roads has soared by 10 per cent in just a year.

New figures revealed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) show compensation pay-outs involving uninsured drivers increased from 21,972 in July 2014 to 24,213 in July 2015.  Figures show a year-on-year monthly increase of 10.2 per cent.

Currently a third of all uninsured drivers are aged under 30.  The sudden increase in the rise of driving without insurance is thought to be due to younger drivers driving without a proper insurance policy in place due to the rising costs of insurance.

Other factors contributing the increase could also include the number of vehicles on the road, cheaper fuel encouraging more driving, ‘cold calling’ which encourages drivers to make claims and ‘stretched’ police resources impacting on their ability to seize uninsured vehicles.

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau estimates that a total the total number of uninsured drivers on UK roads rose in 2014 to 1,03million. 

Ashton West, Chief Executive at the Motor Insurers’ Bureau said: ‘Worryingly, this year we have seen the number of claims to the MIB rising week on week.  To address this we are working proactively with police forces across the UK.

‘Our biggest concern is getting the message across to drivers under the age of 30.  We know that for these drivers, their car is an important part of their social life and gives them credibility.

The Bureau and the Metropolitan police are working in partnership highlighting the role of the police in seizing and crushing uninsured cars.

Mr West said: ‘Since 2005, when police were granted powers to seize vehicles, the level of uninsured driving has reduced by 50 per cent to current levels of 1 million.’

Recent figures show more than 27,000 uninsured vehicles have been seized so far this year.

In 2014, 70,430 vehicles were seized by police forces across the country.  Some 1,892 of the seized vehicles were then sold at auction raising just over £1million.  6,736 vehicles were crushed, generating a scrap value of just over £600,000.  Vehicles seized including two Ferraris, three Lamborghinis, 10 Bentleys and 40 Porsches.

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