Steve Ditchburn

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To reduce the number of people driving without insurance

In the UK, and in fact in many other countries, some people decide to take a large risk. Not being able to pay for vehicle and passenger insurance they decide to drive anyway without it.

Obviously this not only puts themselves in peril it puts other vehicle owners at risk.

Now the vast majority of petrol stations have video surveillance already set up to stop people filling their petrol tanks and driving off without paying.

So why can't this surveillance be used to check that the car has a valid road fund license - you can't get a road fund license without insurance so as long as each vehicle has a valid license then petrol can be served.

At a stroke all cars without insurance would find it much more difficult to get petrol and the problem would be reduced by a large percentage.

I actually sent this idea to a UK Police Authority who didn't even bother to reply.

Such is life!


have a good day.

  • Oct 10 2013: Why not just have the insurance payment for the first year as a payment that must be completed upon purchase of a new car. If a used car then the car cannot be sold unless the person buying it provides proof of being insured. Make anything else illegal.
  • Oct 6 2013: I think the government should not compel people to take out insurance policies.
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      Oct 7 2013: I guess that you don't drive a car then. Imagine driving your car and someone crashes into you and then you find they don't have insurance so it's you who have to pay for the damage - you think that's fair?
  • Oct 3 2013: I like it. Perhaps even more effective would be to add a tax on each fill up. This way the uninsured are reminded about their lack of insurance at each fill up, instead of just finding a station that doesn't participate in the program and avoiding thinking about it again. Or even more tough, add a quick mandatory survey before filling up... something along the lines of 'Why don't you have valid car insurance? a. can't afford it b. don't believe in it c. recently expired, i will renew it soon' That should do a number on the psyche.
  • Oct 3 2013: So you want big brother to keep us safe from uninsured drivers.

    Personally, I like the idea. I think privacy is misunderstood and overrated. However, many people disagree with us, and some of them are judges in courts.

    Since the photographs are available, lets have the computer system check them for stolen cars, owners who are wanted for other crimes, deadbeat dads, etc. When surveillance becomes universal it will become almost impossible to get away with any crime.

    In case you are unaware of it, many jurisdictions in the USA have cameras in every police patrol car that could also be used for these purposes.