NEW MOTOR INSURANCE REGULATIONS – CONTINUOUS INSURANCE ENFORCEMENT
The introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) will be one of the most significant changes to affect everyone who owns and keeps a vehicle.
The scheme is supported by the Department of Transport, DVLA, the insurance industry and the police. It has been designed to work in conjunction with the Motor Insurance Database to further reduce the level of uninsured driving in England, Scotland & Wales.
So what does CIE mean?
To put it simply, anyone keeping a vehicle will either need to have purchased appropriate insurance or have contacted DVLA to declare it “off road”.
At present it is only an offence to use a vehicle without insurance. However from April 2011 the implementation of CIE will mean even if your vehicle is kept in a garage and never used it will still need to be insured or otherwise declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice)
How will it work?
The CIE scheme will use registration details and Motor Insurance Database (MID) records to identify registered keepers with no apparent insurance.
Letters will be sent to all registered keepers with vehicles which have no SORN record and also appear to have no insurance.
These letters will set out what options the keeper will then have, which include:
- To declare the vehicle “off road” (SORN) with the DVLA
- To check with their insurance provider that their details are correct and appear on the MID; OR
- To purchase an appropriate motor insurance policy
What are the penalties for non compliance?
Any registered keeper who fails to take action will face:
· a fixed penalty fine of £100
· court prosecution and be fined up to £1,000
· having the vehicle clamped, seized and destroyed
The police will seize vehicles from people who flout the law and drive without motor insurance – since 2005, more than 550,000 uninsured vehicles have been seized.
Over the last 5 years the number of motor accidents involving uninsured drivers that had to be dealt with by the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) has reduced by 13% and the introduction of CIE will reduce this figure further.
With a proportion of the motor insurance premium every policyholder pays going towards the cost of meeting uninsured claims the introduction of CIE will benefit law-abiding citizens as it is anticipated it will lead to savings in the region of £100 million per year.