Stay insured, motorists urged

Motorists have been advised not to use the recession as a reason to skip motor insurance.

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Stay Insured’, which aims to highlight the risks to drivers if they do drive without insurance.

It noted that 75 per cent of motorists are keen to trim their costs, with the 21-29 age group being a demographic it is particularly wanting to remain covered.

The MIB noted that there are an estimated 600,000 drivers in this age range who are driving without cover, representing 34 per cent of the total that have not taken out a policy.

MIB chief executive Ashton West said: “With the ‘Stay Insured’ campaign, we want to help drivers by providing information on how they might save money but still remain appropriately covered.”

The government recently announced a new law to prevent even the keeping of a car without insurance, backed by warnings, fines and the ultimate sanction of vehicles being taken away and crushed.

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