Motorists will abide by new insurance laws a month from now. The new regulations will revolve around the aspect of car insurance and that of the owner being fined without his presence behind the wheel of the vehicle. More than 1.4 million motorists drive without their cars being insured. Their absence meant that fines could not be processed and that meant motorists could easily drive and park their cars while avoiding the control of the police.
Although police cars have the necessary technology to recognize the license plates of certain vehicles within a vehicle database, this measure proved to be time consuming and obsolete.
These new laws bring the possibility of immediate fines when vehicles are found to be lacking car insurance. A system based on letters will allow the police to send the fines at the owners’ homes without tracking, interacting and taking time to discuss the issue.
If the letter strategy doesn’t pay off, police can clamp the vehicle in question, impound it, or even destroy it if necessary.
There is also the alternative of taking the case to court and the owner risking a fine of almost £1,000. If motorists can prove that their car is off the road they don’t risk receiving a fine.
This new system will aid the police in finding real criminals who drive unregistered vehicles. These vehicles cannot be traced by using the automatic database search, so the actions must be done on sight.
Mike Penning, who is the Road Safety minister, believes that these drivers are actually a national threat. He said: “Uninsured drivers are a danger on our roads, killing 160 and injuring a further 23,000 people each year, and they cost honest motorists £500 million in extra premiums. That is why we are introducing this tough new law which will leave uninsured drivers with nowhere to hide. Our message is clear - get insured or face a fine, court action or seeing your car seized and destroyed.”
The new laws will be available as of June. They will make sure that all cars will get to be insured and every motorist will abide by them or risk bigger fines.