According to a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request by the Institute Of Advanced Motorists (IAM) 226,803 drivers in the UK have points on their licence for driving without insurance.
This increases to 1 in every 100 people with a full licence for the 17-35 age bracket. In the 17 – 24 age bracket men are four times more likely than women to drive uninsured. People in the 25-35 age bracket are the most likely to drive uninsured representing nearly 36% of those convicted.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “These findings are shocking. Those 200,000 individuals who drive whilst uninsured place the burden back on those who abide by the law through higher premiums and potentially the cost of vehicle repair.
It could be more
“The most concerning fact is that this could just be the tip of the iceberg, as these numbers only represent those who have been caught and penalised. Insurance fraud and uninsured driving are also growing problems that need to be tackled through a coordinated approach from enforcement authorities. It is not acceptable that drivers pay up to £70 in higher premiums to compensate for those who ignore the law.”