There are 85% more uninsured cars on Irish roads than five years ago

One in 14 private vehicles now uninsured...

There are 85% more uninsured cars on Irish roads than five years ago

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There has been a significant increase in the number of uninsured drivers on our roads.

The Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) is warning that there were over 151,000 uninsured private vehicles on Irish roads last month, compared with around 82,000 at the same time five years ago.

That marks an 85% increase, with one in 14 private vehicles on Irish roads now uninsured.

It is urgently reminding motorists that being insured is not a choice but a strict legal obligation. Close to €1 million has been recovered by the bureau thus far this year.

MIBI Chief Executive David Fitzgerald says motorists need to understand just how significant a risk they are facing if they drive without insurance:

"They're risking their vehicles being seized at the side of the road by the Gardaí, they face a mandatory court appearance with at least five penalty points and a substantial fine, and if they do injure somebody the MIBI compensate the victims, but then we have the power to pursue the uninsured driver for the cost of the compensation we pay."