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December 2013

9 December 2013 - Motorists will no longer need motor insurance policies to be checked when getting their vehicle tax. The change, announced today by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, is part of a package of measures to get rid of unnecessary red tape - Read the full press release here

November 2013

29 November 2013 - The free askMID mobile phone service launched by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) today will help millions of accident victims a year to check vehicle insurance details at the roadside.

The new 'askMID Roadside' service, which is only accessible via a smart mobile device at www.askMID.com, can be used to check the insurance details of the other parties involved in a road traffic accident – Read the full press release here

October 2013

28 October 2013 - A 'ghost broker' has today (Monday 28 October 2013) been jailed for what is believed to be the UK's biggest fake car insurance scam, following an extensive investigation by the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED). Read the full press release here

August 2013

29 August 2013 - With new 63-plate cars rolling off the forecourts this weekend, motorists are being warned to double-check their insurance documents as the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) reveals 140,000+ vehicles are seized by police every year for being uninsured – Read the full press release here

16 August 2013 - From today (Friday, 16 August) the fixed penalty fine for driving without insurance is now £300 – a rise of £100 and is a welcome continued focus on addressing the issue of uninsured driving in the UK, says the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) - Read the full press release here

July 2013

26 July 2013 - Over £5 million worth of fines have been collected from people who have been keeping a vehicle without insurance since the change in the law nearly two years ago – doing justice for all honest motorists - Read the full press release here

11 July 2013 - Ameet Chana, star of EastEnders and Bend it like Beckham, warns against uninsured driving and takes the MIB's Drive Insured campaign to community events in Bradford and Birmingham - Read the full press release here

April 2013

3 April 2013 - International striker Carlos Tevez stands trial for driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and could join a disgraced squad of footballers who have dropped the ball when it comes to car insurance - Read the full press release here

March 2013

18 March 2013 - The Motor Insurers' Bureau receives a Gold award from Pennies from Heaven, the UK's fastest growing micro giving scheme for employees and pensioners – Read the full press release here

6 March 2013 - Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visits the Motor Insurers' Bureau to get a behind-the-scenes look at the crackdown on uninsured driving - Read the full press release here

February 2013

1 February 2013 - MIB raises suspicions which leads to investigation with police and guilty plea from mastermind of car insurance fraud - Read the full press release here

December 2012

18 December 2012MIB is working with the Metropolitan police to disrupt criminal activity on the Capital’s roads. Read the full press release here.

October 2012

9 October 2012 - Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, visited the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) on 8 October 2012 to see first-hand how MIB supports his officers in the Capital, as well as all police officers in the UK, in taking uninsured cars off the road. Read the full press release here.

September 2012

7 September 2012 - The millionth uninsured vehicle was crushed following a police operation in Birmingham. The car, a Ford Fiesta, was seized on 21 August as part of an ongoing operation to disrupt criminality and rid the region's roads of uninsured motors.View the video and read the full press release here.

August 2012

21 August 2012 - Police in Birmingham seize the millionth vehicle for no insurance in an operation to disrupt criminal activity in an area of the UK which is identified as one of the worst hotspots for uninsured driving. Bordesley (B9) in Birmingham continues to dominate the hotspot ranks and means that it has eight times the number of motorists driving vehicles without insurance compared to the national average. Read the full press release here.
For the latest hotspot map click here.

June 2012

13 June 2012 - As the CIE law to tackle uninsured motoring reaches its one year anniversary, statistics show good progress but also that that there is still work to be done as there are an estimated 1.2 million uninsured drivers on our roads. Under the scheme it is an offence to be the keeper of an uninsured vehicle. Read the full press release here.

March 2012

30 March 2012 - New figures released by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) today, reveals the number of 17 - 20 year olds estimated to be driving without insurance has decreased by half over the last three years. Read the full press release here.

October 2011

25 October 2011 - Following a major operation to target uninsured drivers and disrupt criminal activity in London last week (Wednesday, 19 October 2011), the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) has taken the highest number of calls to their dedicated police helpline since it was started in early 2007. This contributed to 558 vehicle seizures and 76 arrests in the capital in one day. Read the full press release here.

September 2011

12 September 2011 - Despite the overall drop in uninsured driving in the last five years, the rate of progress to reduce the UK's level of uninsured driving is being held back by illegal motorists in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire, according to new figures published today. Read the full press release here and click on the link to the right to view the Latest Hotspot map.

June 2011

20 June 2011 - New laws to tackle uninsured driving will be enforced from today. Under the new Continuous Insurance Enforcement law it is an offence to be the keeper of an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured. Read the full press release here.

May 2011

23 May 2011 - Motorists are being warned to insure their vehicles ahead of a crackdown to tackle the menace of uninsured driving. A national advertising campaign to raise awareness of the new law launches today. See the full press release here.

11 May 2011 - A CIE Consumer Guide is launched, giving advice about the new Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) law and and addressing queries about the new system.

5 May 2011 - askMID, the website that allows you to check if your vehicle is on the Motor Insurance Database (MID) for free, is working together with some of the leading insurers including Aviva, Zurich, Allianz, RSA, MORE TH>N and RBS to make sure that their customers details are recorded correctly on the database.

Under the new Continuous Insurance (CIE) scheme, due to launch in June 2011, keepers of vehicles who have no record of insurance on the MID, will receive a letter informing them that they do not appear to have a valid insurance policy. Further details can be found in the full press release.

March 2011

The Transport Select Committee’s report concerning the cost of motor insurance recommends that the new Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) scheme should be accompanied by a promotional campaign, aimed at young drivers, to alert them to the requirement to have valid motor insurance. It also proposes a review of the financial penalties for the offences relating to uninsured driving to be carried out next year. Further details can be found in the full TSC press release.

February 2011

Drivers are being reminded that a new law to be rolled out in late Spring will mean that they must keep their vehicle insured unless they have notified the DVLA that is it is being kept off the road.

Information about the new law is being distributed with all V11 tax renewal forms from March in addition to the guidance and video available now on www.direct.gov.uk/stayinsured. Further details can be found in the full press release

January 2011

The Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning, has announced that new powers will come into force to tackle uninsured driving. Under the new powers it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured. Click here for more information or visit www.direct.gov.uk/stayinsured.