Uninsured young drivers down by half

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  • | by Kristian Dando
It’s never been more expensive for young drivers to get car insurance, but according to the Motor Insurers' Bureau – the organisation which provides compensation to victims of drivers without insurance - the amount of uninsured young drivers on the road has dropped by half since 2008 to 125,000. This figure is based on the amount of claims submitted to the MiB, which attributes the reduction to on-road policing and the introduction of the Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) law. Ashton West, Chief Executive at MIB said: "Whilst the overall number of uninsured motorists in the UK is decreasing and there is a very welcome drop amongst young drivers, there is still much work to be done.” The MiB claims that are more than a million drivers under the age of 20 on our roads, and that uninsured driving adds £30 per policy per year to the cost of insurance premiums, resulting in £400m a year in costs to the industry. Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "The fall in uninsured driving is good news, thanks largely to the efforts of the Police and more recently the introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement. But we cannot be complacent. Uninsured drivers are a danger on our roads and that is why the Government will continue to tackle uninsured drivers and leave them with nowhere to hide."