New car insurance law backed

A proposed new law that will see uninsured cars penalised even if they are off the road has been welcomed by the Automobile Association (AA), which said it could make car insurance premiums cheaper.

The new government plan will see those whose cars are not insured reminded that they should do so, with fines being levied and the ultimate sanction being the loss and destruction of the car.

AA head of public affairs Andrew Howard said that he was optimistic the move could lower the number of uninsured drivers using the roads.

Explaining the benefits of such a development, he said: “The number of accidents involving uninsured drivers decreases and therefore the levy that we have to pay on our insurance to cover them decreases as well.”

Commenting after the plans were unveiled this week, road safety minister Paul Clark said they would leave drivers without insurance with “nowhere to hide”.

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