How far do we want to go to enforce mandatory auto insurance?

Daily Mirror headline:  Closed Circuit TV at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured vehicles from being filled with fuel

The United Kingdom is considering a new plan to enforce mandatory automobile insurance.

If the new law is approved, motorists at gas stations will not be able to pump their gas until first their license plate has been scanned and checked with national database to ensure that their vehicle is insured and all vehicle taxes have been paid.

Gas stations in the United Kingdom are already set up to have cameras record license plates before activating the gas pump, to discourage drivers from driving off without paying.

They also have an extensive camera surveillance network, which we do not have yet in the United States, although many cities such as Chicago use surveillance cameras on a smaller scale.

According to the story

One in 25 drivers in the UK do not have insurance – one of the worst records in western Europe.

According to recent figures, around 160 people are killed and 23,000 injured by uninsured and untraced drivers every year.

Driving without insurance is a major problem here in the United States, and Illinois has recently taken further steps to combat it (now causing a personal injury accident without insurance is a misdemeanor and lack of insurance can elevate even a first offense DUI to a felony level offense).

Still, is this taking Big Brother too far?

What do you think?

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