Uninsured Drivers Denied Gas!
Uninsured drivers may soon be banned from purchasing fuel at gas stations. According to The Mirror News in the UK, that is the new plan across the pond in England.
“CCTV at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured cars being filled with fuel.” Government officials are presenting this plan in the hopes that it significantly reduces the number of uninsured motorists, currently at over 1.4 million. While this number may sound outrageous to the rest of us who pay a pretty penny for our car insurance, the number of uninsured motorists in the UK is only about 1 in 25. According to the article, that is one of the worst figures in western Europe. Compare that with the number of uninsured drivers in the state of Colorado, which is closer to 1 in 6, or about 400% greater.
In recent years, an average of 160 people are killed and 23,000 are injured in the UK from drivers who fail to carry insurance. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Institute, uninsured motorists are involved in more than 20% of fatal crashes in the United States. In Colorado that would account for over 100 fatalities per year, due to uninsured motorists.
The current system in the UK is designed to prevent people from driving off without paying for their gas, by first logging their license plate numbers. This would now be cross-referenced with their vehicle insurance database to ensure that drivers have an active insurance policy. Any driver found to be without insurance at the time of fill-up, would be denied the ability to purchase gasoline.
How do you think such a program would be accepted in Colorado?
Would you be willing to have your license plate tagged when filling up for gas in Arvada or Westminster? What would you do if you were denied a gas purchase at your local station in Golden? I suspect Denver drivers would be very upset if this happened to them. What do you think?