HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 c1132W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to require drivers to display(a) insurance and (b) MOT documentation on their car windscreens; and if he will make a statement. [169069]

Caroline Flint

We have no current plans to require drivers to display insurance or MOT documentation.

Driving without insurance or MOT are, however, serious offences and we are determined that they should be tackled effectively

We appointed Professor David Greenaway of the University of Nottingham to carry out an independent review of motor insurance arrangements in the UK and to advise on how to improve its effectiveness and reduce uninsured driving. Professor Greenaway has just presented his report and we shall be studying it carefully with a view to appropriate action as soon as possible.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are intending to establish in 2004–05 an MOT database. This will enable the police to query MOT status details immediately from the roadside and make enforcement easier.

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