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Uninsured vehicles data revealed

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New figures from the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) have highlighted the continuing problem of uninsured vehicles on Britain's roads.

Some two million car-owners fail to take out insurance, with the largest concentrations found in large towns and cities.

The worst area in the country is Barkerend in Bradford, West Yorkshire, which has proportionally more uninsured drivers than anywhere else in the UK. The West Midlands is not far behind, with six out of the top 10 worst areas.

The MIB, which manages claims from motorists involved in accidents with uninsured drivers, says it has seen a reduction of almost 10% in the number of claims over the past two years.

Last year, police officers seized more than 150,000 uninsured vehicles after sifting through information provided by the MIB, which has details of over 35 million insured vehicles in the UK. Four in 10 of these seized vehicles were disposed of or crushed.

The MIB concluded that, while progress is being made in the fight against uninsured driving, there is still much to be done to rid the country of this "dangerous and illegal practice".

© The Press Association 2008