Uninsured driving in the UK is an ever increasing problem that is costing the country millions every year; the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has now estimated that at any one time 1 in 20 motorists in the UK are driving illegally without insurance. The total estimated amount of uninsured drivers has reached an astounding 1.4 million while accidents involving these drivers cost approximately £500 million a year.
There have been countless police operations and campaigns to reduce the number of uninsured drivers alongside a maximum penalty of £5,000 and disqualification from driving yet it seems that none of these schemes have been successful.
What Do The Proposed Plans Entail?
The Government has now proposed plans, however, to introduce new measures to put a stop to uninsured drivers; these new plans involve stopping uninsured vehicles being refuelled at petrol stations.
This new scheme aims to reduce this illegal behaviour by utilising the current number plate recognition technology installed at petrol stations: the system will cross check every number plate against the insurance and road tax database. If there is no registered insurance policy on the vehicle, the fuel pump will not activate.
Will The Plans Come To Fruition?
The plans have been proposed to the major fuel companies; however, it is unclear whether the scheme will come to pass. There are fears that such plans could create more crime and there are those that say the plans are a ‘step too far’.
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