Rise in number of uninsured drivers on roads
THE recession has sparked a rise in the number of uninsured drivers, the head of the company that compensates the victims of such drivers said yesterday.
John Casey, of the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland, warned those flouting the law on motor insurance that they would be pursued through the courts if they caused an accident.
His company was still compiling figures for 2009, but in 2008 it paid €62m to victims of accidents involving uninsured drivers.
Mr Casey said that between 5pc and 6pc of drivers were flouting the law by failing to take out insurance.
He added it was unacceptable that so many drivers were not insured, especially as insurance costs had fallen substantially.
Mr Casey said that once the MIBI was forced to compensate an uninsured driver's victim it pursued the perpetrator, if it could identify them, and sought a lien on their earnings or a judgment against them.