More than 1 in 200 drive uninsured

People in the 25-35 age category are most likely to drive without insurance

226,803 drivers in the UK have points on their licence for driving without insurance.

The figure amounts to one in every 200 people driving on the road in the UK today. However it only factors in those who have been caught and issued with points, so the real figure is likely to be even higher.

The FOI request, directed to the DVLA from motoring group the IAM, revealed that 194,997 full licence holders and 31,806 provisional licence holders have been caught driving without vehicle insurance and have received points for doing so.

In the 17-35 age range, one in every 100 people with a full driving licence has points for driving uninsured.

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.

 “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.”

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