By: 28 November 2013

A new smartphone app launched by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) on 28 November allows users to check the insurance details of any other parties involved in a road traffic accident.


Called the askMID Roadside service, the app is only accessible via a smart mobile device at It provides drivers with an instant check of the Motor Insurance Database (MID) from their mobile phone and has been designed to take "the stress out of collecting important information" at the time of an accident, according to the MIB.


MIB chief executive, Ashton West, said that the app would help to improve the speed at which claims were pursued and help tackle fraud.


“The askMID Roadside service offers motorists peace of mind that the insurance details provided by the other driver at the scene of an accident match the records held on the Motor Insurance Database," he said.


"If the results from askMID checks are inconsistent with the person you’ve had an accident with, you should report that to your insurer immediately.”