The millionth uninsured vehicle has been seized, whilst Birmingham has been revealed to be the UK hotspot for uninsured driving.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau has revealed that today will see the millionth vehicle seized by police for being uninsured. Since 2005, police have seized an average of 500 vehicles every day.
It is also stated that 30% of these vehicles end up being crushed, this translates to 150 crushed vehicles a day.
The MIB estimates that there are 1.2m uninsured drivers in the UK. They have however identified certain hotspots where the problem is worse than others. The worst ranking postcode in their research is in Bordesley, Birmingham.
In fact, 12 out of the 20 worst ranking postcodes for uninsured driving are in the Birmingham and West Midlands area. Areas in Manchester, Bradford and London make up the rest of the top 20 worst ranked places.
Motorists in the survey reported reasons such as the high cost of insurance and not understanding the law as reasons for driving whilst uninsured. They do however risk fines of up to £5,000 if caught, on top of having their car seized and crushed by police.
People unfortunate enough to be innocently injured in an accident with an uninsured driver can seek uninsured driver accident compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau.