ABI keen on motor crackdown

The Association of British Insurers has welcomed the government's announcement that it is to hold a ...

The Association of British Insurers has welcomed the government's announcement that it is to hold a consultation on introducing a new offence of keeping a vehicle on the road without insurance.

Justin Jacobs, the ABI's head of motor insurance and risk pricing, said: "This proposed new offence is good news for honest motorists. The existing system relies on the police being able to spot people who are driving without insurance. This change will enable the authorities to systematically enforce the motor insurance requirement for the first time. This should significantly reduce the menace of uninsured driving, making the roads safer and protecting law-abiding motorists."

He added that together with the legislation contained in the Queen's Speech - in particular the new police power to seize and dispose of vehicles being driven uninsured - this demonstrates a sea-change in the government's approach to tackling uninsured driving.

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