New regulations to target Britain’s uninsured drivers

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  • | by Kristian Dando

New methods to curb more than a million uninsured drivers on Britain’s roads are set to be passed by Parliament this week.

Continuous insurance enforcement regulations will make being the registered owner of a vehicle without insurance an offence. At present, it’s currently illegal to drive without insurance, but legal action can only be taken if the driver is ‘caught in the act’ of being at the wheel of a vehicle without a valid insurance policy.

The new measures will make it illegal to own an uninsured car which hasn’t been registered as being ‘off the road’ with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The laws will come into effect in a few months’ time. The DVLA is also set to get more powers to clamp, impound and destroy uninsured vehicles.

Automatic number plate recognition is already in use to detect uninsured drivers, and police are set to step up this practice.