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, can be used to check the insurance details of the other parties involved in a road traffic accident.

MIB Chief Executive, Ashton West, believes the new mobile service will help these drivers and many others take some of the stress out of collecting important information at the time of the accident.

"Accidents can be harrowing experiences, but collecting accurate details at the scene of the accident is absolutely essential to making insurance claims for damage and injuries. The new askMID Roadside service provides drivers with an instant check of the Motor Insurance Database (MID) from their mobile phone. This confirms whether the other vehicle involved in the accident is showing as insured on the MID and provides the other party's insurance details so that the claim can be pursued quickly."

Three simple steps to check insurance details after an accident at the roadside

1. Visit from your smart mobile device
2. Enter:
- Your email address
- Your vehicle's registration number
- The third party vehicle's registration number
3. Receive confirmation of insurer and contact details (on screen and to your email address)

West adds: "The askMID Roadside service offers motorists peace of mind that the insurance details provided by the other driver at the scene of an accident match the records held on the Motor Insurance Database. If the results from askMID checks are inconsistent with the person you've had an accident with, you should report that to your insurer immediately."

Accident scene – information checklist:

Names, addresses and contact details for all drivers (and witnesses) involved in the accident
Vehicle registrations and insurance details for third parties
Photographs of any damage


Notes to editors

According to ABI (Association of British Insurers) UK Insurance Key Facts, there were 2.9 million motor insurance claims notified to insurers in 2012 [page 7 – Motor Insurance].

MIB Press Office

MIB Chief Executive, Ashton West explains the askMID Roadside service

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Shavaun Glen on 01908 821985 or 07595 551 607 or by email:

About MIB

MIB aims to significantly reduce the level and impact of uninsured driving by working closely with partners across government and the insurance industry. The Bureau provides compensation to innocent victims involved in accidents with drivers who have no insurance or failed to stop.

The Motor Insurance Database (MID) is the only central insurance record of more than 34 million vehicles in the UK. The MID supports a range of users entitled to different levels of information about insured vehicles, including the police, solicitors, the DVLA and the public.

The MID is used as part of the continuous insurance enforcement (CIE) scheme introduced in 2011 to identify registered keepers of vehicles that appear to have no insurance. The registered keeper of a vehicle without insurance will receive a letter reminding them that insurance is a legal requirement and failure to act will result in a fixed penalty.

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