Motorists ‘must stay insured during the recession’

British drivers have been reminded that the recent economic downturn is no excuse for them to skimp on their car insurance.

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has launched a new promotional campaign designed to alert motorists to the potential risks of driving uninsured.

It highlighted figures which revealed that 1.7 million people are currently driving without insurance, a figure which could be set to increase due to the number of consumers looking for ways to cut their expenditure.

However, the MIB reminded motorists that driving uninsured remains a criminal offence and that those who choose to do so risk facing a fine or the confiscation of their vehicle.

Ashton West, chief executive of the group, said: “The consequences of driving uninsured are severe … It’s just not worth it – stay insured.”

This comes after the government last week introduced new measures which will make it illegal to even keep a vehicle without insurance.

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