Insurance Investigations Intensify
Uninsured drivers. I know you’re out there. Lurking. I’ve probably nodded at you whilst waiting at traffic lights, and I hate myself for it. Uninsured drivers are obviously looking to save some money illegally but their blasé attitude is what really makes them the awful people; like the joker who after hitting a friend of mine’s car in a car park whilst we were away left a £10 note under the wiper with a note simply saying something to the effect of: “Would have left insurance details but don’t have any, hope this covers the damage ”. The wink was unnecessary.
Well no more! That’s right; the government are bringing in new laws to crack down on those drivers who try to get away without buying themselves insurance. Admittedly there’s bigger issues they should be dealing with at the moment (have they seen the state of Greece?), but it’s a great idea nonetheless.
Drivers will have to declare that their cars are off the road if they want to avoid paying insurance as of Monday 27th June. Those drivers found not to have insurance whilst their car is declared on the road will receive a very angry letter, followed by a £100 fine. Following this, if the insurance situation isn’t resolves fines of £1000 can be issued followed up with clamping and crushing of the offending vehicle. Convicted drivers will also receive a criminal record. Previously, drivers had to be caught in the act of driving an uninsured car to be convicted but the new measures look to provide a more complete and penetrating search.
The DVLA and MIB issued an advertising campaign last month to raise awareness of the scheme. I know, I didn’t see it either, but the scheme is coming as of Monday 27th, and uninsured drivers will be found.