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DfT launches new measures to curb uninsured drivers

New measures to crack down on uninsured drivers were announced today by Road Safety Minister Stephen Ladyman.

The new proposals, tabled as amendments to the Road Safety Bill, will make it an offence to own a car which is neither insured nor registered as off the road. The police will identify and prosecute uninsured motorists using a database of all registered vehicles in the UK.

The new proposals are the latest move in a concerted Government crackdown on uninsured drivers. From July this year the police took on new powers to seize and destroy uninsured vehicles and from November, police will start using automatic number plate recognition technology to identify and prosecute drivers without insurance.

On becoming law the new offence would mean that any drivers who have no insurance and have not registered their vehicle as off the road can expect to be fined, and ultimately, to have their cars crushed.

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