The number of motor insurance claims relating to uninsured or untraced drivers has increased by 17% this year according to new figures released by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI). 

In the period from 1st January to the end of July 2016 there were 1,644 of claims of this type around the country.

That figure represents an increase of 235 claims compared to the 1,409 which were lodged during the same period in 2015.

The largest number of claims were in Dublin, which accounted for 42% of all these uninsured or untraced driver claims.

The capital also saw the largest increase in the number of claims with 78 more made this year compared to the corresponding months in 2015.

The next highest number of claims were in Cork (129) and Galway (92).

Over the first seven months of the year, claims increased in 20 counties in total, with the largest percentage change being in Roscommon, which recorded an increase of 500% as the number of claims rose from 2 to 12.

Four counties experienced a decline in the number of claims, the largest drop being in Limerick which had 80 claims, down from 95 in 2015.

The largest percentage decline was in Waterford with the number of claims falling from 29 to 21, a decrease of 28%.