There’s been a 76 per cent increase in the number of uninsured driver claims in Kerry.
It’s expected this jump will impact on the cost of motor insurance premiums.
From January to June of this year there were 37 claims in Kerry involving drivers without insurance or who could not be traced.
That compares to 21 in the same period in 2015 – an increase of 76 per cent.
The figures were provided by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland, which shows that upwards trend is repeated at a national level.
Across the country there was a 17 per cent increase from last year to 1,644 incidents in 2016.
The largest number of claims were in Dublin, which accounted for 42% followed by Cork and Galway.
Several counties including Limerick recorded a decrease in such claims.
These claims are funded by the motor insurance providers operating in this country, with the costs ultimately covered by Irish motor insurance customers.
The MIBI estimates that accounts for €35 within the cost of the average annual motor insurance premium.