New rules will make it illegal to keep an uninsured car in Britain whether it is being driven or not.
Owners who have not declared their uninsured cars and vans off the road could have them seized and crushed.
Transport Minister Mike Penning said uninsured cars were a “real road safety issue”. The measure, introduced under Labour, will be made law “shortly”.
But the AA said it would not hit the “motoring underclass” who did not register their car.
The new rules will apply in England, Scotland and Wales but not Northern Ireland.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said it did not have a definite date for when an announcement would be made. But a spokesman stressed owners who had a Statutory Off Road Notification, enabling them to keep their uninsured car, would not be affected.
At present it is illegal to drive a car while uninsured. The penalty for doing so is a maximum fine of £5,000 and six to eight penalty points. The police have the power to seize, and in some cases, destroy the vehicle that is being driven uninsured.
Under the new system, it will be an offence to keep an uninsured car.
It will be enforced by comparing the database of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency with that held by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which was set up to compensate victims of uninsured drivers.
Owners of uninsured vehicles will then be contacted by letter to warn them they face a £100 fine if the car or van is not insured by a certain date. If the vehicle remains uninsured, regardless of whether a fine has been paid or not, it could then be seized and crushed.
In 2009, it was estimated that about two million motorists in Great Britain drive uninsured.
Source: BBC News