The government has put an end to motorists being required to produce motor car insurance certificates before they are permitted to purchase road tax in a new plan designed to clamp down on falsified documents, discount car insurance experts recently reported.
Mike Penning, road safety minister, was speaking at a direct car insurance provider’s seminar for young drivers recently when he made the announcement. Instead of making it a requirement to present a certificate to a post office, the new rules will now allow the details of an insurance policy to be held on a centralised database.
Mr Penning went on to explain that the measure is being introduced to reduce the amount of forged documents being presented to the post office. Originally, the road safety minister commented, it was a near certainty that certificates presented at the post office were genuine, but due to modern technological advancement, doctoring or falsifying certificates has never been easier.
The new database will put fears of passing a forged document to rest, as the DVLA and the insurance industry have been working hand in glove to develop a network of databases nationwide ensuring knowledge of who has valid insurance and who does not, added Mr Penning. This means that the presentation of a certificate is no longer needed, and the new computerised approach to road tax acquisition will do much to not only monitor fraud but also to reassure honest drivers, the road safety minister stated.
The new measure is intended to give motorists – and the general public – reassurance that the issue is being dealt with, Mr Penning also said, adding that it also sends strong messages that those who choose to disregard the law will be dealt with harshly.