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Car insurance warning as new rules loom

Car insurance warning as new rules loom

Category: Car insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 23/05/2011

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Motorists are being warned to insure their vehicles ahead of a new crackdown to tackle the menace of uninsured driving.

Under a new law set to come into effect from 20 June, it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured.

The DVLA will work in partnership with the Motor Insurers' Bureau to identify uninsured vehicles.

Motorists without car insurance will then be sent a letter telling them that their vehicle appears to be uninsured and warning them that they will be fined unless they take action.

Failure to insure the vehicle will result in a £100 fine, with further action following if the vehicle remains uninsured, even if the fine is paid.

If the vehicle is on public land it could be clamped, seized and destroyed, while court action could also be taken, with the offender facing a fine of up to £1,000.

Only vehicles with a valid Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) will not be required to be insured.

A national advertising campaign has been launched today to raise awareness of the new rules.

"The change in law is a stepping up of enforcement activity, so that not only those vehicles driven without insurance will be caught," said Ashton West, chief executive at the Motor Insurers' Bureau.

"Now the registered keeper must make sure that their vehicle is insured all the time."

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