Milton Keynes MPs see how the Motor Insurers’ Bureau tackle uninsured drivers

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Milton Keynes MPs, Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster, visited one of the city’s largest not-for-profit organisations on Friday.

The MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) provides compensation for victims of uninsured and untraced, so-called hit and run driving and, based in Linford Wood, employs just over 500 people.

MIB works with police forces across the country to take uninsured drivers off the road.

Last year 145,000 vehicles were seized by police for no insurance.

MIB is now stepping up its work with MPs to highlight the threat posed by uninsured and hit and run drivers and to showcase how the office in Milton Keynes is the hub for this activity across the UK.

During their visit, the MPs discussed the important role MIB employees play in tackling and reducing uninsured driving nationally through working with organisations such as the police, DVLA and Department for Transport, which includes handling more thn 25,000 claims a year for accidents caused by uninsured or untraced (‘hit and run) drivers, and providing a Police Helpline service for police at the roadside to verify insurance details and decide whether or not to seize a vehicle - the service handles more than 10,000 calls a month.

Ashton West, chief executive at MIB, said: “We are proud to be a Milton Keynes based employer and of the work we do to ensure victims of uninsured driving and ‘hit and runs’ receive the compensation they are entitled to. MIB looks forward to working closely with local MPs to reduce uninsured driving in their constituencies.”

Iain Stewart added: “I was aware of the good work that MIB undertakes but this visit has enlightened me to the scope of their efforts to help protect innocent people from those who violate the law.”