Footballer fined £600 after prosecution by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Raheem Sterling

Footballer Raheem Sterling has been fined £600 for keeping an Audi A3 without insurance.

The 20-year-old Liverpool FC star will also have to pay court costs after being prosecuted by the DVLA, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Sterling yesterday pleaded guilty at Wirral magistrates’ court to keeping a vehicle without insurance. There is no suggestion he drove the vehicle.

Sterling has fallen foul of Continuous Insurance Enforcement, which came into force in 2011.

The new laws mean a driver can be prosecuted for having a vehicle without insurance – even if it is parked and not in use.

Drivers must obtain a Statutory Off Road Notification certificate from the DVLA if they want to keep a vehicle without insurance.

Politicians hoped the new law, introduced under the Road Safety Act 2006, would help crack down on the UK’s 1.5 million uninsured drivers.

Sterling is not the only footballer to fall foul of car insurance laws. Footballer Grant Holt pleaded guilty to driving a car uninsured last week.