GREECE: tackling the uninsured cars issue needs more drastic measures

25 June 2020 — Daniela GHETU
The number of uninsured vehicles in Greece is of about 586 thousand, Dimitris Zorbas, president of the cars division of the Association of Greek Insurance Companies stated recently referring to statistical data for 2018-2020, The National Herald reported.

By adding to the 586 thousand resulted from the checks of the Public Order Ministry, the uninsured cars identified by the port authority checks, the number reaches to 600 thousand. "The issue of uninsured vehicles is a social and economic issue that must be resolved once and for all," Zorbas said. He added, "Our proposal is that this is checked electronically, and if someone is found to be uninsured, impose fines set by legislation immediately, and follow through with them. This is how most European countries operate."

According to data provided by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, in 2019 on the Greek roads there were in use 5.4 million passenger cars and close to 1.4 million commercial vehicles (trucks and busses), which means uninsured vehicles account for a share of about 7% of the national fleet.

In 2017 and 2018, the number of road accidents varied around 10,800 and each year about 6% of them have caused fatalities.

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