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Press Release Category Business - Financial - Rias Release Date: September 02, 2008

Motorists Evade Insurance at Legal Peril

By Rias
September 02, 2008
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With the credit crunch looming nearly everyone is looking at new ways to save money. For some this has resulted in driving illegally uninsured.

PR9.NET September 02, 2008 - The credit crunch has made belt-tightening the UK's No.1 pastime - we are all keen to save money - and those among us who run a car are very much feeling the strain with rising petrol prices and the new Vehicle Excise Duty levels next year which could see some paying up to £2001 more on family saloons. But drivers trying to save money by not taking out car insurance are cost-cutting to a foolhardy extreme, warns RIAS.

Obviously, this is highly illegal and those found guilty of it could find themselves in considerable legal trouble, it also costs motorist who abide by the rules in excess of £500m each year, according to the Motor Insurers Bureau. This adds on average around £30 per insurance policy, effectively being subsidized by the fully insured user.

"There is no question that driving without insurance is both unlawful and ill-advised," says RIAS Managing Director Janet Connor. "If you are worried about the cost of insurance, it is worth talking to your insurance provider to check whether there are any savings to be made. At RIAS, for example, we specialise in finding tailored insurance solutions for the over 50s, who can often benefit from cheaper premiums because of low mileage, or because their cars are parked off-road or kept in a garage. We advise customers to ensure they ask about discounts and flexible payment plans when they call us for a quote."

While efforts are being taken by the relevant law enforcement authorities many believe it is society's collective responsibility to help fight this nuisance and none of us should not look the other way if we know of drivers that are evading car insurance.

Car Insurance Evasion - the facts:

* Last year, around 160 deaths and 23,000 injuries were caused in road accidents involving uninsured drivers.

* Claims made against uninsured drivers can be very hard for victims to process.

* Throughout 2007, the British police seized over 150,000 uninsured vehicles - that's one vehicle every three minutes.

* Number plate recognition technology and better link ups between police and insurance companies is boosting police operations in fighting uninsured drivers.

1Source: The AA

2Research from the Motor Investigation Bureau, Report: The Road Ahead, Issue 15, 2007

*Call RIAS for a quote on your car insurance to see if we can save you money: 0800 052 5250

All products including house insurance can also be ordered online.

Janet Connor, Managing Director of RIAS is available for further comment and interview. To arrange an interview with, or photography of, Janet, please call Simon Robinson on 07976 329823 or e-mail

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RIAS is part of Fortis (Insurance UK), a leading provider of award-winning personal and commercial lines insurance solutions in the UK and the 2007 British Insurance Awards 'General Insurer of the Year'. The insurer's successful customer-centric strategy has been founded on aligning its activities to how customers want to buy insurance, combined with delivering high quality products, manufactured at costs better than market norms.

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