Car insurance: Drivers without car insurance 'could face fines of up to £1,000'

Monday, 11 January 2010

Drivers who take to the roads without car insurance have until the end of the year to buy appropriate cover or face fines of up to £1,000.

The Continuous Insurance Enforcement proposals recently published by the Department for Transport are due to be introduced in early 2011 and will make it an offence purely to be the registered keeper of an uninsured vehicle - even if it is not being driven.

However, drivers not currently using their cars, and who have left them uninsured for one year, can seek exemption by sorting out off-road storage and making a statutory off-road notification (Sorn).

Those who already have a Sorn in place can continue to use this.

Official reports suggest that up to two million people a year drive while uninsured, with more than ten per cent of motorists in some urban areas - including London, Merseyside and Manchester - having no cover.

Posted by Noel Martin

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