Uninsured cars in Thurrock will face being crushed and drivers will be fined under tough new motoring rules proposed by the Government reports the Daily Mail.
Under the new laws, it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle – even if it is not being driven.
Unless the registered owner has filled out a Statutory Off Road Declaration (SORN) form, which declares the vehicle is off the road, the new penalties will come into force.
The Department for Transport (DfT) claims that the move will target the estimated one million uninsured drivers in Britain and help reduce the £30 estimated annual cost to responsible motorists in insurance premiums.
According to the DfT, uninsured drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.
Mike Penning, the road safety minister, said, ‘The motoring underclass is not going to get away with this.’
The new measure was originally proposed by Labour in 2006 as part of the Road Safety Act, and will be policed by comparing the Motor Insurers’ Bureau records with those of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Owners will be told in writing that they face a £100 fine if the car or van is not insured by a certain date and if the vehicle remains uninsured, regardless of whether a fine has been paid or not, it could then be seized and crushed.
However, some motoring agencies say that the measures will do little to combat the problem of those who drive deliberately without insurance, and will instead catch out average motorists.
‘This could hit people who happen to be away or in hospital when their car insurance is up for renewal,’ said a spokesman for the AA.
‘At the same time this will not deal with the sort of people who are not recorded at all by the DVLA.
‘The big question is whether the Government will have enough money in its budget to publicise the change in law.’