MONAGHAN drivers are the most likely to drive while uninsured according to new poll figures released this week.
6.3 per cent of Monaghan drivers admitted to have driven while their insurance had expired at some point in their lives.
That compares to just 1.8 per cent for neighbouring Cavan, and a national average of 2 per cent.
32 per cent of Monaghan drivers admitted to driving without tax, while 31 per cent admitted to driving without a valid NCT.
Monaghan (6.3 per cent), Leitrim (5.1 per cent) and Longford (4.6 per cent) drivers were identified by the survey as most likely to have driven on a public road even though their motor insurance has expired. Inversely Kilkenny (0.5 per cent), Offaly (0.7 per cent), Tipperary (0.9 per cent) and Waterford (0.9 per cent) drivers emerged as least likely to have done so.
Drivers aged 24 and younger were indentified during the AA Motor Insurance poll as the group most likely to have driven with lapsed insurance with 4 per cent within this category saying they had done so.
The poll was conducted by AA Ireland and during its course it surveyed some 15,300 people.
Nationally 33 per cent admitted to driving around at some point with an expired NCT disc, 33 per cent without valid car tax, 4 per cent with an expired driver’s license and 2 per cent with an out of date motor insurance disc.
“It is very serious to drive your car without insurance, and it adds hugely to the cost for all motorists, but at the same time a lot of people reported to us that they had simply forgotten to change the windscreen disk and driven with last year’s one still on display,” says John Farrell of AA. “As many as 5 per cent of cars out there are uninsured at any one time.
“This is paid for by the rest of us and it is a serious issue. That sort of wilful evasion is targeted by the Garda, and rightly so.”
Tracking well above the national average at 49 per cent, more motorists in Cavan than in any other county said they had driven untaxed at some stage.
Following Cavan, 44 per cent of Carlow drivers and 43 per cent of the Roscommon drivers surveyed indicated they had also done so whether deliberate or not.
Inversely Dublin and Donegal drivers emerged as least likely to have done so.