Police cracking down on dealers flouting motor trade insurance

Time 9:29 am, February 3, 2014

Police carPOLICE forces across the UK are cracking down on car dealers who flout the terms of their motor trade insurance policies.

Car Dealer Magazine can reveal that the police have launched an intelligence-led operation, dubbed ‘Rogue Trader’, to clamp down on car dealers who are misusing their insurance policies.

‘A startlingly large number of people are under the misconception that a motor 
trade policy provides insurance cover for 
the vehicle and that anyone can then 
drive it,’ said a spokesman for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in an exclusive interview with Car Dealer.

‘This is not the case and anyone caught driving a vehicle who is not covered by the policy is deemed to be breaking the law.’

The punishment for misusing a motor trade policy is as severe as driving with no insurance. Police can seize the vehicle, issue a £300 fixed penalty, charge £150 to recover the car and £20 per day for storing it, and place six points on the offender’s licence.

Proof of insurance is needed before the car can be collected and seized vehicles that are not claimed in 14 days are sold or crushed. Not very handy if you happen to be driving a customer’s car…

The MIB spokesman said: ‘To comply with the law it is important that dealers using motor trade policies understand the limitations of their policy. They stipulate exactly what motor use is and isn’t covered under the terms of their policy and if 
they’re unsure they should check with 
their provider.’

Dealers should regularly submit information about the cars that need to be covered on their policy so they’re on the Motor Insurance Database. The police use this information to check which cars are covered.

‘Perhaps the most shocking fact for motor traders, affecting their business and their customers, is that if their vehicle is seized by police for no insurance, the penalties and recovery are the sole responsibility of the motor trader,’ added the MIB spokesman.

‘The message to those who are using motor trade policies and who may not be familiar with insurance law is: know the limitations of your policy. These are the legal conditions for using a motor trade vehicle.’

James Baggott's avatar

James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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