Risky business

In some parts of the UK up to a third of all drivers on the road are not insured, according to data from the Motor Insurers' Bureau.

The worst offending areas in the country are Bordesley near Birmingham, and parts of Essex, Manchester and West Yorkshire are also badly affected.

In total it is believed that there are 1.4 million uninsured drivers on UK roads – that's one in twenty-five. Every year 160 people are killed by these illegal drivers, who cost insurance firms as much as £500 million a year and, it's been calculated, add an average of £30 to every insurance premium.

Ashton West, chief executive of the Motor Insurance Bureau, said: 'We cannot stand by and let uninsured driving continue. Otherwise, the honest motorist will keep paying the bills for the injury and damage caused to people and property.'

The Government has taken steps to reduce the cost of motoring. Last week, it announced proposals to scrap the controversial injury-referral system, where insurers earn money through tipping off lawyers about clients who make a claim.

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