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Home > News > Clamp down on uninsured drivers – changes to the law

20th June 2011

Clamp down on uninsured drivers – changes to the law

From 20th June 2011, a new law will come into force to make it illegal to own a vehicle without insurance. Previously, the law meant that it was only an offence if you were caught driving a vehicle without insurance cover.

Motorists driving whilst uninsured

Figures published by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) show that drivers of uninsured vehicles are also more likely to be convicted of drink driving, or driving without due care and attention.

There are in the region of 1.4 million uninsured motorists on the UK roads every year, and thousands of people are injured each year in road accidents caused by uninsured drivers. Clear Answers has welcomed this crack down as a step towards making our roads safer.

Enforcing this new law on uninsured vehicles

The new scheme will be known as CIE, or Continuous Insurance Enforcement. The DVLA database of registered keepers will be compared with the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to find and contact the owners of uninsured vehicles.

Vehicles with a valid SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice) will not be required to be insured.

However, drivers of vehicles without a valid SORN will incur penalties even if they do not use the vehicle. A warning letter about their vehicle, imposing a fixed fine of £100, will be sent to anyone found to be uninsured. Failure to insure their vehicle following receipt of that letter and fine, may result in the vehicle being seized and destroyed, and offenders may face a further fine of up to £1,000.

Making a road accident compensation claim

If you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury in any type of road accident, it is vital that you seek specialist advice as quickly as possible. Clear Answers’ specialist road accident compensation solicitors can give guidance and assistance on whether it is possible to make an accident compensation claim.

Our team of expert personal injury lawyers is waiting to help you, and will be happy to explain the claims process in plain English, and to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident claim.

If you would like Clear Answers to help you receive the accident compensation to which you are entitled, please telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injury.

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