Young drivers without insurance falls by more than 50%

The number of young people driving without insurance has dropped by more than half in three years, new figures have revealed.

Figures released by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) have revealed that the number of 17 to 20-year-olds driving without insurance has gone down by half in the last three years.

In 2008, young people made up approximately one quarter of a million of the total amount of uninsured drivers in the UK. This is in comparison to around 125,000 now.

The decline has been put down to the Continuous Insurance Enforcement law, which allows the MIB to cross-check its database against DVLA records.

This makes it easier to track down uninsured drivers, who are sent a warning letter followed by a series of escalating penalties.

“Whilst the overall number of uninsured motorists in the UK is decreasing and there is a very welcome drop amongst young drivers, there is still much work to be done,” said Ashton West, Chief Executive at MIB.

“There are more than a million drivers under the age of 20 on our roads, and having insurance in place is crucial to protect inexperienced young drivers and other motorists.”

Despite the fall in the number of young drivers without insurance, there are still more than one million uninsured drivers on the roads.

“The fall in uninsured driving is good news, thanks largely to the efforts of the Police and more recently the introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement,” said Mike Penning, Road Safety Minister.

“But we cannot be complacent. Uninsured drivers are a danger on our roads and that is why the Government will continue to tackle uninsured drivers and leave them with nowhere to hide.”

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