The DVLA and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau have pledged to help the rental and leasing industry to comply with pending laws on continuous insurance that will make it an offence to be the registered keeper of an uninsured vehicle.

As the registered keepers, leasing and rental firms will be liable for any fines issued against their vehicles which are listed as uninsured on the MIB’s Motor Insurance Database. Fines cannot be transferred to customers.

Speaking at a seminar held by the BVRLA, David Hancock, director of enforcement at the DVLA, said the agency would seek to ensure BVRLA members did not become the victims of any unintended failure to comply.

The new system will place the onus on rental and leasing companies to liaise with customers to make sure vehicles are added to the Motor Insurance Database when they are rented or leased.

Nora Leggett, the BVRLA’s head of member services, said: “All our members will comply with the law, but the less administratively burdensome we all can make it the better.”

Follow BusinessCar on TWITTER