Fewer drivers prosecuted for uninsured driving

The average fine for uninsured driving has fallen by more than a fifth since Labour came to power, figures released to Parliament have shown.

The average fine has fallen to £177, from an average of £224 in 1997. There has also been a decrease in the number of uninsured drivers taken to court, according to the Home Office figures. These showed that the number of cases against uninsured drivers fell from 397,133 in 1997 to 392,763 in 2005, the latest year for which both statistics are available.

The Conservative party has called for tougher measures against uninsured drivers in response to the figures.