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Progress in war on uninsured driving

For anyone who has been involved in a road collision and needs to make a car accident claim for compensation, the realisation that the at-fault driver was uninsured can be extremely distressing.

Compensation claims against uninsured drivers are settled by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) and although a claimant may still receive a damages and personal injury compensation payout, it will usually be proportionately much lower in value than when a driver's insurer accepts liability.

However, the MIB recently revealed that their campaign to target uninsured drivers, and take their cars off the roads, reached its one millionth vehicle milestone since it was initiated in 2005.

In 2005 police were given powers to stop and seize cars which showed up on their database as not covered by valid insurance. And, of all vehicles seized, around 30% are crushed because their registered keepers fail to purchase appropriate cover.

A spokesperson from the Association of British Insurers welcomed the MIB announcement, saying, "Reducing the menace of uninsured driving remains a priority for insurers. As well as being a danger on the roads, the cost of crashes caused by uninsured drivers pushes up the insurance premiums of honest motorists."



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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.