Top 10 uninsured driver hot spots in UK announcedDumfriesshire is main car insurance problem area

19 February 2010

Uninsured driver

You may wish to use bubble wrap when driving in Dumfriesshire

The top 10 uninsured driver hot spots in the UK have been named and shamed by 

The price comparison website spent one year analysing almost three million car insurance quotes and discovered that the Scottish town of Sanquhar, in Dumfriesshire, is the UK’s biggest hot spot for uninsured drivers.

A staggering 28% of men in their early 20s, living in Sanquhar, have received convictions for driving uninsured. The top 10 table below also shows that Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire comes a close second place, as well as highlighting that half of uninsured drivers are men, aged under 25.

The uninsured driver hotspots
PostcodeAreaAge rangeSexOffence codePercentage of convictions to searches
DG4Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire22 - 25MaleIN1028.42%
HX7Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire22 - 25MaleIN1024.88%
G14Glasgow22 - 25MaleIN1020.43%
M12Manchester31 - 40MaleIN1017.42%
KA4Galston, Ayrshire17 - 21MaleIN1015.79%
E9Hackney, London51 +MaleIN1014.39%
B7Nechells, Birmingham51 +MaleIN1014.29%
LU5Dunstable, Bedfordshire22 - 25FemaleIN1012.84%
HR6Leominster22 - 25MaleIN1012.45%
W11Notting Hill, London31 - 40MaleIN1012.37%


Clearly, the high cost of car insurance is putting young people off buying cover, but this raises the cost of insurance premiums further, fuelling a perpetual problem. 

According to Steve Sweeney, head of car insurance at 'uninsured motorists cost the industry £500m in claims each year.'

In January, Which? reported that the increase of the compensation culture and the number of uninsured drivers were to blame for an almost 20% rise in car insurance premiums.

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