BIBA welcomes tougher penalties for uninsured drivers

5th June 2013

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has welcomed the announcement today (5 June 2013) that motorists caught driving without valid insurance will face tougher penalties.
 
The current fixed penalty for driving without insurance is £200, although this will now rise to £300 under the plans announced by Transport Minister Stephen Hammond MP.
 
Graeme Trudgill, Executive Director of BIBA, said: “BIBA has long called for tougher penalties for uninsured drivers and we welcome the Government’s commitment to increase the fine for this offence.
 
“We recently discussed increasing the sanctions for those caught driving without insurance with Stephen Hammond and we’re pleased that he has announced a tougher stance which should act as a deterrent.
 
“Uninsured driving is a scourge on our roads, costing honest motorists around £30 per policy. Uninsured drivers are also five times more likely to be involved in road collisions, fail to comply with traffic laws, or be engaged in other criminal activity.”
 
The increase in fine is in addition to ‘Continuous Insurance Enforcement’, which was launched almost two years ago. This law made it an offence to be the registered keeper of a vehicle without insurance – unless it is declared as being off the road.
 
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Notes to editors:
 
1. For further information please contact:
 
BIBA press office:
Becky Pledge, Communications Coordinator
020 7397 0231
pledger@biba.org.uk  
 
2. About British Insurance Brokers' Association
 
The British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) is the UK's leading general insurance organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.
 
BIBA membership includes just under 2,000 regulated firms having merged with the Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB) in November 2011.
 
General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy and BIBA brokers employ more than 100,000 staff.
 
BIBA helps more than 400,000 people a year to access insurance protection through it’s Find a Broker service, both online and via the telephone.
 
Brokers provide professional advice to businesses and individuals, playing a key role in the identification, measurement, management, control and transfer of risk. They negotiate appropriate insurance protection tailored to individual needs.
 
BIBA is the voice of the industry advising members, the regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues.   BIBA provides unique schemes and facilities, technical advice, guidance on regulation and business support and is helping to raise, and maintain, industry standards.