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Feb 16, 2007

The British Government is to give police the power to clamp or impound uninsured cars. Insurance is compulsory in the UK and is touted as one reason why the country's road toll is as low as it is. The measures are intended to crack down on the estimated 1.5m uninsured drivers on UK roads, and will be in force by April.

Research has found that uninsured drivers are 10 times more likely to have been convicted of drink- driving, are six times more likely to be driving an unroadworthy car and three times more likely to have been convicted of driving without due care and attention. They are involved in a disproportionate number of accidents, and the cost of compensating their victims is $NZ1.5 billion a year -- paid by law- abiding motorists, who pay an average $NZ90 extra on their premiums to cover the cost.

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