Car insurance: Motoring offence net catching ever more

Friday, 19 March 2010

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A raft of new motoring legislation over the last decade has made it increasingly difficult for car insurance customers to stay on the right side of the law, new research has suggested.

According to a study by the Daily Telegraph, more than 15 million drivers are caught committing a motoring offence each year, up from 4.7 million in 1980.

Some 1.1 million motor insurance holders are fined annually for failing to notify the DVLA that their car is currently off the road, while advances in technology mean CCTV-detected motoring fines have rocketed from 642,000 in 2000 to 1.75 million in 2006.

Paul Watters, head of roads and transport policy at the AA, said there are many different pieces of legislation waiting to catch drivers and punish them.

"You just have to blink to be guilty of something today. You can be done for taxing your car too late or forgetting to register it as being off the road, even if it's broken down and sitting in your garage," he told the newspaper.

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