Car insurance: Point swapper jailed

Tuesday, 03 July 2007

Motorists who swap points on their licence, in an attempt to help a friend or loved one avoid higher motor insurance premiums or driving bans, will think twice after a man was sent to jail for the crime.

77-year-old Robert Logue has received a three month sentence after a Lincoln Crown Court judge heard he took the blame for a speeding offence which his son had committed.

The judge sentenced him, despite his age and poor health, because by lying he had "struck at the fabric of justice".

According to the times 500,000 Brits take the blame for offences committed by others.

Often the driver wants to avoid having his licence removed, which would happen if he had accumulated nine points through motoring offences.

The increase in speeding cameras has also lead to more speeding offences and some motorists want to avoid paying higher car insurance premiums.

However, in response to the high number of convictions, some insurers, such as Swiftcover.com, no longer charge more to cover motorists with one conviction, or three points.

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Swiftcover and swiftcover.com are both trading names of AXA Insurance UK plc, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority