The Chief Executive of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has criticised the Government for being too slow in creating legislation to tackle the problem of uninsured driving on Britain's roads.
Speaking at the associations annual conference, Eric Galbraith called on the Government to accelerate the process and to fund publicity to raise awareness of the dangers of uninsured driving.
Victims of uninsured driving are responsible for 35,000 claims every year against the motor insurers’ bureau, of which 24,000 result from injury costing £417 million. BIBA considers the level of uninsured driving incidents to be unacceptable and is pressing for more resources to create a new enforcement agency to crack down on the problem.
Speaking at the BIBA conference, Eric Galbraith, commented: "We have seen a great effort from the insurance industry in setting up the successful motor insurance database to crack down on uninsured driving, but eradicating this problem now requires a real commitment from Government. The Government has been dragging its feet on drafting new regulations which are desperately needed to help tackle uninsured driving in the UK. I am calling on Ruth Kelly and her team to do their utmost to set these regulations in motion at the earliest opportunity."
Whilst the Department for Transport has implemented a number of changes that have helped to reduce uninsured driving by nearly ten percent since 2006, BIBA believe that more can de done.