Towcar insurance reminder for caravanners

A new law this spring means motorists will have to keep their car insured at all times

by Gemma Roskell

Caravanners who keep a separate car for towing should be mindful of a new law being rolled out this spring.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is reminding motorists that soon they will have to keep their car insured at all times.

Only those who have notified the body that their vehicle is being kept off the road will be exempt from having to pay for insurance.

This means those who at present only insure their vehicle when they intend to drive it, such as during caravanning holidays, will have to secure insurance all year round, unless they make a statutory off road notification.

The aim of the new law is to crack down on uninsured motorists who, according to the DVLA, add around £30 to the average honest driver’s insurance premium.

Neil Drane, a spokesman for the Motor Insurers Bureau, said: “The change in law is a stepping up of enforcement activity, so that not only those vehicles driven without insurance will be caught.

“Now the registered keeper must make sure that their vehicle is insured all the time. And if it is, then they need not be concerned.”