Re: Abolish it
The same ANPR systems that the Police use to detect untaxed vehicles on the road is also used to detect that an uninsured vehicle is on the road.
It is now illegal (and has been for a couple of years) to have an uninsured vehicle on the road, even if it is parked and not being driven.
So we have the strange situation where an untaxed or uninsured vehicle must be stored off the road, but at the moment, a taxed and insured vehicle without MOT can be parked on the road, but must not be driven.
I'm sure they will fix this deficiency at some point.