Updated: 19/12/16 : 06:23:32
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Number of uninsured Irish motorists soar

There has been a significant increase in the number of uninsured drivers on Ireland's roads.

The Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland is warning that there were more than 151,000 uninsured private vehicles on Irish roads last month.

It is urgently reminding motorists that being insured is not a choice but a strict legal obligation.

MIBI Chief Executive David Fitzgerald says motorists need to understand just how significant a risk they are facing if they drive without insurance.

He said: "They're risking their vehicles being seized by the side of the road by Gardaí, they face a mandatory court appearance with at least five penalty points and substantial fine.

"If they do injure somebody, the MIBI would compensate the victims, but then we have the powers to pursue the uninsured drivers for the cost of the compensation that we pay."