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April 21, 2011updated 12 Apr 2017 4:15pm

Drive to comply with new CIE regulations

Representatives from the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) have promised to help members of the BVRLA comply with the new continuous insurance enforcement (CIE) regulations Laws on continuous insurance, due later this year, introduce a new offence of being the registered keeper of a vehicle with no motor insurance. As the registered keepers, leasing and rental firms will be held liable for any fines issued against their vehicles for being listed as uninsured on the MIBs motor insurance database

By Nick Huber

Representatives from the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) have promised to help members of the BVRLA comply with the new continuous insurance enforcement (CIE) regulations.

Laws on continuous insurance, due later this year, introduce a new offence of being the registered keeper of a vehicle with no motor insurance.

As the registered keepers, leasing and rental firms will be held liable for any fines issued against their vehicles for being listed as uninsured on the MIB’s motor insurance database. They will not be able to transfer their fines to customers.

The new system will put the onus on rental and leasing companies to work with their customers to help ensure that vehicles are added to the motor insurance database in a timely manner when they are leased or rented.

Neil Drane, head of database services at the MIB, promised to work with his members to devise a single and efficient method for updating the database.

“All our members will comply with the law, but the less administratively burdensome we all can make it the better,” said Nora Leggett, head of member services at the BVRLA.

The DVLA’s vehicle keeper database, and the motor insurance database, will be compared regularly to identify vehicles that are not recorded as covered by a valid motor insurance policy.  If, after several checks, the vehicle still does not appear on the motor insurance database, an advisory letter will be sent to the registered keeper informing them that their vehicle does not appear to be insured. 

Further checks will be conducted on both the DVLA keeper database and motor insurance database and if, after a further month, the vehicle still appears as being uninsured then the registered keeper will be issued with a £100 (€113) fixed penalty notice, or £50 if paid within 14 days of issuance.

nick.huber@vrlfinancialnews.com

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