Approximately 3,400 motorists are driving uninsured around the city and county according to The Irish Brokers Association, the group which represents insurance brokers.
The association is calling for the introducion a stricter regime for the handling of motorists who are found to be driving without insurance and say that uninsured drivers are costing the motorist an average of €35- €40 in extra premiums to cover the claims related to uninsured drivers and paid out by the MIBI.
According to Brian McNelis, Director of General Services at the Irish Brokers Association, “There are 56,600 licensed drivers in Kilkenny – of which an estimated 6% are uninsured. At present our legislation, which, on one hand, makes motor insurance compulsory – on the other, pays claims, via the MIBI, on behalf of uninsured drivers. The fact is tougher measures need to be in place because the current process simply is not working,” he added.