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October 25, 2011

London’s uninsured vehicles seized

by Gill Montia

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Following a major operation last week targeting London’s uninsured drivers, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) says it has taken the highest number of calls to its dedicated police helpline since the line was set up in 2007.

The calls contributed to 558 vehicle seizures and 76 arrests across the capital in one day.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched the operation using a pile of crushed cars, to demonstrate the consequences of being uninsured.

Roadside check points with automatic number plate recognition were in place at a number of locations, while police officers also pursued uninsured drivers using fixed cameras and routine number plate checks.

Commenting on the success, the MIB’s head of database services, Neil Drane, says: “Operation Reclaim is proof of the crucial role that the MID plays in assisting the police with on-road enforcement and keeping our roads safe.”

He adds: “Combined with new legislation under the Continuous Insurance Enforcement scheme … it means that there is nowhere to hide for uninsured motorists.”

Since 2005, when the police were given powers to seize uninsured vehicles, they have taken possession of approaching 900,000 vehicles.

However, uninsured and untraced drivers still kill around 160 people and injure 23,000 every year, while adding £30 a year to every motorist’s insurance premium.

According to the MIB, uninsured drivers are five times more likely to be involved in collisions than insured motorists and are less likely to have vehicles in a road-worthy condition.

 

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