The Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) have reported that approximately 700 Leitrim drivers do not have motor insurance.
The Irish Brokers Association has called on the State to confiscate the cars of those who drive without insurance as they believe that the current penalty mechanism isn’t working.
Brian McNelis, Director of General Services at the Irish Brokers Association, commented: “There are 12,898 licensed private cars in Leitrim and it is estimated that 700 of these could be uninsured. What the general public in Leitrim may not know is that these uninsured drivers could be indirectly costing them an additional €30 on their annual car insurance premiums.”
Figures show that 2,286 claims payments were made by the MIBI in 2010 throughout Ireland, totalling €58.9m in costs, caused by uninsured and untraced drivers.
The funds to pay for such claims are funded out of the insurance premiums paid by other drivers – approximately €30 per driver.