insurance crackdown means thousands of drivers risk large fines and destruction of their vehicles

Published Tue, 13/11/2018 - 06:40

Police forces around the UK have launched a new crackdown on criminal drivers. Offenders have been warned they could face an unlimited fine and have their car seized and crushed for failing to have insurance in place.

Around 35 forces are taking place in Operation Drive Insured, which launched this week as the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) and DVLA revealed that they had issued more than five million warning letters to uninsured drivers.

The MIB's Paul Bennett spoke at TISPOL's recent conference. He outlined the extent of the risk posed by failing to insure a vehicle. "Uninsured drivers are nearly five times as likely to be in a fatal crash as an insured driver," he told us. "Every uninsured vehicle removed from the roads makes a difference."

in 2017 the MIB received 11,000 claims from victims of uninsured drivers. 

MIB acts as a last resort for claims and compensation for victims of uninsured drivers, with the annual bill for compensation coming to over £100 million.