Swinton warns drivers not to get caught out like Didier Drogba

Swinton is urging drivers to ensure they have a valid car insurance policy and licence before getting in their cars.

The car insurance provider has issued the warning following the news that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was caught driving without a valid insurance policy or licence last week.

The footballer was pulled over in his Mercedes SLR near his home in Oxshott, Surrey, and although he passed his test in his native Ivory Coast homeland and holds an international driver’s licence, he has not passed a test in the UK. The Chelsea striker also wrongly believed he was covered under his French car insurance policy.

Swinton explains that international and European drivers who have lived in the UK for a year or more must ensure they have a valid UK driving licence and have adequate insurance or they could face a ban and fine of up to £5,000.

Steve Chelton, insurance development manager at Swinton, said: “Didier Drogba can expect a hefty fine and penalty points for driving without insurance and a licence. Driving without insurance is a serious offence which can result in an immediate disqualification from driving. A driving ban can often be in the region of 28 days but can also be substantially longer for repeat offences.”

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