CONSERVATIVE politicians have developed a plan to tackle uninsured drivers.

Their plan would include teaching the purpose of insurance as part of the driving test.

They say they will also encouraging lower insurance premiums for drivers who take extra training, the increasing of fines for first time offenders and confiscating the vehicles of repeat offenders.

They would also link the Motor Insurance Database - which holds details of insurance policyholders - to the DVLA database, which holds details of drivers.

Amanda Harland, Colne Valley Conservative Parliamentary spokeswoman, said: "Uninsured drivers are a menace who make every road in this country less safe."

Statistics from the Association of British Insurers show uninsured drivers are 10 times more likely to have been convicted of drink-driving, six times more likely to have convictions for driving unroadworthy vehicles and three times more likely to have convictions for driving without due care and attention.

One million uninsured drivers cost £500m a year in accidents.