2 Million Uninsured Cars: 750,000 of Them Belong to Greek State

    The Greek state will send fines to owners of uninsured vehicles in the next few days and as a result it expects to raise about 250 million euros. According to Imerisia newspaper, about one million cars are still  in circulation without insurance.

    In about 20 days, the Greek state will pose fines to all these illegally driven cars. Mr Costas Bertsias, president of the Greek Union of Insurance Companies, told Imerisia that “uninsured cars is a major problem for Greece and that insurance companies have dealt with it for the past 20 years.”

    He also added that in other European countries there are no or only few uninsured cars and thus, the Greek state should act more effectively.

    The editor of the article reminds readers, however, that there are some special cases such as sailors or businessmen living abroad that the Greek state should take into consideration. The government should act in a different way for these people since they are not technically in Greece and so, even if they would have been sent a fine, they would not be liable for it.

    But the most interesting point in this pursuit for uninsured vehicles is that almost 700,000 state cars (given for free to mayors, MPs etc) have not been insured for the past year(s) and that about 350,000 cars have no license plates.


    1. Why should sailors and business persons living abroad be exempt? I do not have a car or a motorbike at my home in Greece but I have a car at my home in Scotland, where I spend only a limited amount of time. I must have, by British law, both road tax and insurance for this car for the whole year – even when I am not there and so not using it. The reason the system does not work very well in Greece is that it tries to make special cases of so many categories of people and ends up being fair to none. Most of the northern European countries work out an average citizen profile and use this for levying taxes, etc. Oddly enough, this tends to be fairer in the long run – and is much easier to enforce.

    2. Ever notice how the clergy and government employees always have the very nicest cars on the road? If you ever wonder where the money goes and who controls it, look no further.