More young drivers obtaining car insurance

An increasing number of young motorists in the UK are obtaining insurance before hitting the road.

This is according to new findings from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), which showed the number of 17 to 20-year-olds believed to be taking the wheel without adequate protection has fallen by half over the last three years.

The MIB – which was established in 1946 – put the improvement down to on-road policing and the introduction of the Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) law in 2011.

As part of the CIE, the Motor Insurance Database is cross-checked with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency network.

Ashton West, chief executive of the MIB, stated: “Whilst the overall number of uninsured motorists in the UK is decreasing and there is a very welcome drop amongst young drivers, there is still much work to be done.”

Mr West said it is crucial that all young drivers are protected with suitable insurance, adding those who fail to obtain adequate cover are playing a part in rising insurance premiums, which is costing the industry around £400 million a year.

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