Eastenders star warns against uninsured driving

Eastenders star warns against  uninsured driving

Ameet Chana, star of EastEnders and Bend it like Beckham, will be engaging with local communities at upcoming events in Bradford and Birmingham to promote the facts and laws around car insurance.

He has become an ambassador for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) summer campaign – Drive Insured – and will be taking the campaign to Kirkgate shopping centre in Bradford (27-28 July) and Birmingham Eid Mela on 25th August.

Ameet Chana said: “I wasn’t aware that so many people are taking the huge risk of driving without insurance, so when I found out about the scale of the problem I didn’t think twice about lending my support to the MIB campaign. It’s so important everyone is aware of the facts. I don’t think people fully understand the risks they are taking if they drive without proper insurance. It’s not just about fines or points on your licence. You could lose your car and end up with a criminal record.”

Last week Ameet joined a team from MIB at Manchester Mela (6-7 July), where he talked to young people about the dangers of uninsured driving and promoted a competition on Twitter where MIB is offering prizes to people who retweet specific messages about the dire consequences of driving without insurance.

MIB’s campaign is focusing on areas in the North West, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands, which are hotspots for people breaking the law on insurance.

Ashton West, Chief Executive of MIB, said: “Although we’re making progress in reducing levels of uninsured driving, our data shows that significant numbers of people in cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford are still driving without proper insurance. We are delighted that Ameet Chana has come on board as we work to help people in these areas better understand the laws around car insurance and the consequences of driving without it.”

Birmingham and Bradford dominate the top spots for uninsured driving in a UK national ranking – with the level of uninsured driving 7 times higher than the national average in Bordesley and Small Heath and 6 times higher in the BD9 area of Bradford. Currently there are an estimated 1.2 million uninsured motorists on UK roads and about 26,500 people are injured and 130 people killed by uninsured and untraced drivers in the UK every year.

For more information about the campaign please visit www.askMID.com/DriveInsured or follow @DriveInsured on Twitter.

The Motor Insurance Database (MID) is used by Police and the DVLA to enforce the legal requirement for insurance – whether the vehicle is being driven or kept. People who want to check that their vehicles are recorded on the database can do so at www.askMID.com.

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