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New fixed penalties for uninsured drivers too small, says AA

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The AA has claimed that new fixed penalties for uninsured motorists will "do little to deter" those who habitually take to the roads without cover.

From July, drivers caught behind the wheel without adequate insurance will be subject to a fine of £300 - up from the existing fixed penalty of £200.

However, on account of serious offenders already being sent to court for a maximum fine of £5,000 - and paying on average £299 - the AA said the increased fixed penalty would not act as an effective disincentive for these drivers.

"Although the number of uninsured drivers is falling ... the chances of being hit by an uninsured driver in Britain are still higher than almost anywhere else in Europe," said Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance.

The organisation claimed that around one in 25 UK motorists is without cover - costing the country at least £380 million every year and adding £33 to the average car insurance policy.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801602990-ADNFCR

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