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Protect yourself from police's uninsured driver crackdown
Wednesday, May 20, 2014 – 10:01
INSURED: How can Fleetcover help you?
Having taken more than one million uninsured vehicles off the roads, open motor certificate abuse is coming under the spotlight as part of the police’s clampdown on uninsured drivers.
Although the majority of open motor certificates are for legitimate use, the police have seen an increasing number of these policies being misused.
The most common type of abuse is where an open certificate has been obtained inappropriately or it does not cover the specific use of the vehicle; for example, using the vehicle for a separate business.
There is also evidence that these open certificates are being used fraudulently by organised crime groups.
Identifying whether an open certificate is being used by a genuine client or a criminal can be a challenge for the police.
When they stop a vehicle that does not appear on the Motor Insurance Database (MID), it can take time to check whether there is valid insurance in place for the driver and the vehicle with further delays following as the police contact third-parties to verify the information provided.
Being subject to these checks can have serious ramifications.
As well as disrupting business while the police investigate, if details of valid insurance cannot be produced there is a risk that the vehicle will be seized.
Insurers are working with the police to address these issues.
Potential actions include improving the wording of open certificates to provide greater clarity to the police and policyholders; publishing a guide to assist the police when dealing with open certificates; and reviewing the data held on the MID.
You can also help in the fight against uninsured drivers.
By ensuring the correct cover is in place and that all vehicles are correctly listed on the MID will help to prevent the police from needing to check your insurance.
Taking this approach will help to reduce uninsured driving, making the roads safer and helping to control the cost of motor insurance.
Uninsured drivers: The statistics
- Uninsured drivers are five times more likely to be involved in road collisions.
- Uninsured and untraced drivers kill 130 people and injure 26,500 every year.
- Nearly 2,500 vehicles are seized by the police each week.
- The annual cost of uninsured driving is estimated at £400million.
Why should you use Fleetcover?
Your own broker probably won’t put fleet at the top of his list.
The fleet insurance market is hardening and insurers are becoming more aggressive in putting premiums up.
But, discounts are available for proactive clients who want to work with us, and we offer the following as standard with our service:
- Comprehensive fleet review
- Claims experience assessment
- Strategic marketing to selected insurers
- Fleet management and access to risk audits
- Access to driver training and workshops
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