I fork over somewhere around $300 a year to insure against the peril of uninsured drivers, of which we have an abundance in this state: depending on whose estimate you believe, somewhere between 20 and 30 percent on Oklahoma drivers don’t carry even a minimum liability policy. Efforts to put Big Brother to work on this problem have thus far proven futile.
England, however, having largely embraced Eric Blair’s design for the future, may have better luck:
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are already fitted in thousands of petrol station forecourts. Drivers can only fill their cars with fuel once the camera has captured and logged the vehicle’s number plate.
Currently the system is designed to deter motorists from driving off without paying for petrol. But under the new plans, the cameras will automatically cross-reference with the DVLA’s huge database. When a car is flagged as being uninsured or untaxed, the system will prevent the fuel pump being used on that vehicle.
No petrol for you, old bean. This is apparently a major problem in the UK:
One in 25 drivers in the UK do not have insurance — one of the worst records in western Europe.
And to think we complain about one in four.