The Fund makes payments to motorists involved in smashes with uninsured drivers. Last year the Fund received 8,357 applications. That's an increase of 433 applications or a 5% rise in comparison with 2010.
The Fund's Johan Muyldermans says that the economic crisis is to blame for the surge: "More and more people are unable to pay their insurance premium."
The situation is exacerbated by a rise in the number of accidents.
The Joint Insurance Fund estimates that 1.2% of drivers - around 70,000 cars in all - are driving about on Belgian roads without any insurance whatsoever. Uninsured vehicles are hard to track down. The sector is now banking on a new databank, Mobivis, which should help to detect uninsured drivers as early as this year. The databank combines data from the police, the insurers and the Registration Authority.