Gardai are getting a new tool to catch uninsured drivers.
Automatic number plate roadside checks will be rolled out later this year.
Claims relating to uninsured or unidentified drivers account for about 7% of all motor insurance cases and cost between €50 and €60 million a year.
But a new system to try to crack down on the number of motorist driving with no cover is to be unveiled in the autumn.
New technology will mean insurance companies will be able to share their database with gardai.
From the end of September officers will have the ability to scan number plates on the roadside to see if the driver is legally allowed to be behind the wheel.