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Poll: Should there be a mandatory prison sentence for uninsured drivers?

A new survey has shown that almost 7 per cent of people have had their vehicle damaged by an uninsured driver, so should the penalties be harsher?
May 27th 2013, 9:48 AM 14,443 121

A SURVEY PUBLISHED by AA Motor Insurance yesterday has shown that almost 7 per cent of people have had their vehicle damaged by an uninsured driver.

The insurance company said that this “reckless minority” of drivers was adding up to €40 to the costs that motorists pay for their insurance. AA called on the gardaí to address the problem but recognised that it can sometimes be an “honest mistake”, for example if a married person changes policy and forgets to include their partner.

Currently, those caught driving without insurance are subject to five penalty points and a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a possible term of imprisonment.

So we want to know: Should people driving without insurance face a mandatory prison sentence?


Poll Results:

No, but the penalties should be harsher than they currently are (2596)
No (2170)
Yes (1069)
I don't know (590)




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