When the worst happens and your car is involved in a collision with another vehicle that last thing you need to hear is that the other driver has no car insurance. Luckily for many motorists this is a rare occurrence, however, a recent report suggests that the numbers of uninsured drivers is alarmingly on the rise.
New Government figures have revealed that there are over two million uninsured vehicles on the UK's roads. According to the statistics, nearly one car in 15 is driven without being properly insured. In addition, a report from the Association of British Insurers also shows that uninsured rivers are six times more likely to be driving a non-road worthy vehicle and ten times more likely to have been convicted of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
A Liberal Democrat MP has claimed that the Department for Transport figures showed that the number of drivers without car insurance rose by 100,000 in one year. The official accused the government of having "fallen asleep at the wheel" over the issue and commented that:
"Their policies for pursuing uninsured drivers have been a total failure and it is about time they accepted the facts and took action."
The party's transport spokesperson said that fining offenders less than the cost of car insurance was not sending the correct message to uninsured motorists. More needs to be done to prosecute drivers who fail to insure their vehicles, whose actions often result in car insurance premiums becoming more expensive for law-abiding drivers.