A year on since the law sanctioning uninsured drivers was introduced there are still 1.2 milllion uninsured drivers in England and Wales.
35% of motorists quizzed by the The Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) admitted, that they were not even aware of the law changes regarding uninsured drivers.
- 85% were not aware of the change in motor insurance law.
- Almost 1 in 10 (9%) have kept a vehicle without insurance in the past.
- 18% think that its unlikely that they will get caught driving without insurance.
- 4% admitted to having driven without insurance in the past.
There are two separate laws for insurance and a vehicle - and the Motor Insurance Database is used for both.
The first is that drivers are required to have insurance to drive a vehicle.
The second law, introduced in June 2011, requires registered keepers to have insurance for their vehicles at all times.
The consequences of driving without insurance are;
- Vehicle seized by police (using ANPR cameras).
- £200 fixed penalty.
- £150 plus £20/day to recover the vehicle.
- Six penalty points and/or disqualification.
- PLUS proof of insurance before the vehicle can be returned.
- Seized vehicles which are not claimed within 14 days can be sold or crushed - 40 per cent are never reclaimed.
The survey also highlights that almost half of 16 - 24 year olds (46%) are unaware of the change in law.
As a result, the awareness campaign has been broadcast again across national television and from June on radio for the first time.