Harsher penalties for uninsured drivers?

GEM Motoring Assist is calling for harsher penalties to reduce the problem of driving without insurance.

This, says GEM, would have an immediate and significant impact in reducing road casualties, as well as demonstrating a commitment to protecting vulnerable road users.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented, ‘Uninsured driving costs at least £250m per annum. Uninsured drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision, and 10 times more likely to have a drink drive conviction1. That’s why we believe the time has come to disqualify drivers and riders who deliberately fail to insure their vehicles.’

Driving without insurance carries a fine of £300 and six penalty points at the roadside. If the matter goes to court it is an obligatory endorsement of six to eight points, a discretionary disqualification and an unlimited fine.

Neil concluded, ‘If you suspect a vehicle may be uninsured, you should contact the police using the 101 non-emergency number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’