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April 9, 2008

MIB assists in seizure of 100 uninsured vehicles

by Gill Montia

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The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has assisted police in an operation against vehicle crime that took place across south-west England and Wales, last week.

Over 900 vehicles were stopped, 58 people arrested and 156 vehicles seized.

Of the vehicles seized 100 had no insurance and over 50 had no tax. Fifteen arrests were made for driving whilst disqualified.

Operation Utah clearly illustrated that Britain’s criminals enjoy spending time behind the wheel.

One of the arrestees was detained in connection with an arson offence and one on suspicion of kidnapping.

The contents of some vehicles proved shocking: one contained a rocket propelled grenade launcher and associated ammunition and another, a forged Avon and Somerset Police warrant card.

The multi-agency operation involved the DVLA, Department for Work and Pensions , Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Highways Agency, Border and Immigration Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and the MIB.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology was used in mobile and fixed installations, allowing the agencies to identify people wanted for a range of offences.

The system can instantly check up to 3,000 vehicles an hour against various databases of intelligence.

MIB data remains in the forefront of the fight against vehicle crime; last year it resulted in 150,000 uninsured vehicles being seized, 40% of which were crushed.


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