May 30, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton is Warning Motorists About the Changes to Insurance Laws

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Swinton Insurance is warning motorists about the changes to car insurance law that will mean it will be illegal to own an uninsured car.

The UK's largest high street retailer of motor insurance issued the warning ahead of the changes that will be strictly enforced from next month. As the law stands currently, uninsured drivers are only prosecuted after they have been caught actually driving. The new rules will see motorists being prosecuted for the offence by simply owning a vehicle without insurance.

Only those who declare the vehicle to be off road will be exempt from the new rules. Those who do not get their car insured could be faced with court action, a hefty fine or their car being seized and crushed.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, "Motorists will have an amnesty of a month to get their car properly insured before these new laws will be strictly enforced. Uninsured drivers are not only a danger on the road but they cost motorists over £500m in extra premiums. It is great news for the insurance industry that these new rules will be strictly enforced to remove uninsured vehicles from the road."

About Swinton
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates.

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