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Owners of uninsured cars targeted

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A crackdown on motorists who drive without car insurance will see laws to target evaders tightened.

It has been calculated that about 6% of motorists drive without having proper vehicle cover. The new rules mean not only will people caught driving without insurance been penalised, it will also be an offence to keep an uninsured car. The new offence carries a penalty of up to £1,000, with the possibility of court action to seize the vehicle.

The move will see the Motor Insurance Bureau in Milton Keynes cross-reference records with those of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to search out motorists without car insurance, according to transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "This is about people who are driving, who are endangering other road users, who are killing and seriously injuring people on our roads.

"We are intending to try to make sure we can stop them from doing that. The 150,000 cars that were seized by police last year, that number will grow as a result of the powers we are taking."

Figures show that in the last 12 months around 160 people were killed by uninsured drivers in accidents on British roads, while 23,000 were injured.

© Press Association 2009