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Instructors reminded to ensure their learners insure

Around 25,000 learner drivers have been driving uninsured in the UK, according to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

Data collected from the MIB Police Helpline also indicates that approximately half of these were driving without appropriate supervision.

Learners taking lessons with a qualified driving instructor in the instructor’s own vehicle will generally be covered by the instructor’s insurance policy. However, many learners don’t realise (or choose to ignore) that when driving another vehicle they, like all other motorists, must have their own motor insurance, as well as being properly supervised. Failure to comply with these legal requirements could result in various penalties, including seizure of the vehicle and receipt of six points on the learner’s licence and a £300 fine.

Head of MIB’s enforcement, Neil Drane, has stated that, in addition, driving without insurance could stop learners getting a full licence and affect their independence.

While the MIB acknowledges that the price of insurance premiums for learner drivers is often high, it nevertheless urges all learners to abide by the law in obtaining a valid insurance policy. Driving uninsured, it continues, has a serious effect on both the economy and the safety of others.

Recent research conducted by Nextbase has revealed that more than 30% of young drivers are wrongly blamed for driving incidents. Valid motor insurance and added precautions like dashcams could consequently provide invaluable protection.

It would seem that driving instructors’ jobs in Wigan and wider Greater Manchester – somewhere of a hotspot for uninsured driving have now extended to include encouraging learners to obtain their own insurance if they intend to drive other than with the instructor and ensure they are supervised appropriately to avoid penalisation.
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