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Continuous Insurance Encorcement will affect all motorists

By: Deborah Bates
21 June 2011

It isn't just car drivers who will be affected by the Continuous Insurance Enforcement laws implemented this week; all motorists will need to ensure their vehicle is insured whether it's off-road or not.

This will mean the estimated 1.4 million HGV drivers that have a vehicle that isn't insured will need to rectify the situation, and that the heads of each logistics consultancy will need to make sure all their fleet is covered.

According to Roadtransport.com, as of June 20th, the DVLA can "clamp, seize and destroy a vehicle if it does not have valid insurance. Court action and fines of up to £1,000 will also be possible.

"The regulations apply to any vehicle, even if they are not being used on the road, unless you possess a statutory off-road notice (SORN)."

A spokesperson for the Motor Insurers' Bureau, chief executive Ashton West, spoke out regarding the change in law.

He told the Mail Online: "The change in law is a stepping up of enforcement activity, so that not only those vehicles driven without insurance will be caught. Now, the registered keeper must make sure that their vehicle is insured all the time."

Furthermore, the British Insurance Broker Association's Graeme Trudgill, called the enforcement a "bold move" and said it would "make the roads safer."

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