Car insurance: Coverless drivers cost all road users

Friday, 15 August 2008

People in the UK are paying more for their cover policies because some drivers are taking to the road without car insurance, it has been claimed.

New research released by YouGov and published by comparethemarket.com shows that some £500 million is paid by motorists because of those who do not take out cover.

This equates to around £31 per year for each individual driver, the body added.

It also found that 68 per cent of motorists have had to incur liability after an accident involving an uninsured motorist.

"At present motor policies are hit by the knock on effect of uninsured drivers and the financial implications they create; so any steps to deter uninsured drivers would be a move in the right direction," remarked comparethemarket.com head of insurance Jeremy Moll.

Meanwhile, the Fraud Bureau has warned motorists about a recent spate of staged car accidents arranged to con drivers.

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