Uninsured Cars

Transport written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) untaxed, (b) uninsured and (c) uninsured and untaxed cars there are in the UK.

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The 2002 estimate of the number of unlicensed (i.e. untaxed) vehicles is £1.76 million, of which 161,568 were declared as SORN 1 . This estimate includes £1.19 million vehicles in the car and light van category, of which 104,419 were declared as SORN.

Estimates from the insurance industry are that there are about 1.25 million motorists driving whilst uninsured.

I understand that many of the vehicles which are unlicensed are also uninsured. My Department is currently undertaking research to estimate the number of vehicles that are unlicensed, uninsured and without a valid MoT Certificate.

1 Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) is a system by which vehicle keepers who tell the DVLA that they are taking their vehicle off the road are not obliged to tax them.


Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion 2002 published by the Office of National Statistics.

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