Uninsured drivers reduced by 25%


Uninsured drivers down 25%

The number of uninsured drivers on UK roads has fallen by 25% in the past five years, according to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

That means 500,000 fewer uninsured drivers on the road according to Chief Constable Phil Gormley, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Road Policing lead.

Check your post code before reading on as the figures for uninsured drivers are analysed by post code. “There are areas of the United Kingdom however that continue to present a challenge for enforcement authorities,” according to the Chief Constable.

We learn that illegal drivers in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire are holding back progress, with 17 of the 20 worst postcodes for uninsured drivers located in these regions.

Bordesley in Birmingham tops the hotspot list, followed by two other Birmingham post codes, with Bradford in West Yorkshire coming in at number four.

Motor Insurance Bureau chief executive, Ashton West, adds: “We are determined to bring UK levels more in line with the rest of Western Europe and that is why the industry is committed to playing their part by making sure that motor policies are recorded on the MID (Motor Insurance Database), thus enabling the police and DVLA to identify vehicles that have no insurance.”

Since 2005, police enforcement at the roadside has removed more than 750,000 uninsured vehicles and levels of uninsured driving are expected to be reduced even further with the introduction of the continuous insurance law earlier this year.

It is important to understand these new rules. Simply stated a vehicle must be either insured or the DVLA told it is off the road. Read more about continuous insurance or see the DVLA advert below.