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Tuesday 21st of May 2019
March 30, 2009

Police seize 460 uninsured vehicles per day

by Gill Montia

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The battle against uninsured motorists is hotting up with the Association of Chief Police Officers and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) reporting that police are seizing more than 460 uninsured vehicles a day.

In addition, the number seized last year rose to more than 170,000, up from 78,000 in 2006, the first full year following the introduction of new powers.

Since then, police access to the Motor Insurance Database has improved and the nation has seen the roll-out of Automatic Number Plate Recognition, both of which have contributed to the success.

The MIB’s chief executive, Ashton West, comments: “All law abiding motorists who are insured are paying nearly £30 each towards a total sum in excess of £500 million. This is how much it costs to compensate people injured by uninsured drivers. The message is clear, uninsured drivers have no right to use their vehicles on our roads and when they do, they are being caught.”

Mr West’s sentiments are being backed by a new initiative announced by the Government in January.

Ministers intend to create an offence of keeping an uninsured vehicle, to sit alongside driving when uninsured.

Once the legislation is in place, DVLA will work in partnership with insurers to identify uninsured vehicles.

The vehicle owners will then be given a set period in which to take out cover, or face a fine of £100.

It is understood that vehicles that remain uninsured may be seized and destroyed, even if the fine has been paid.

According to the MIB, the regions with the highest levels of uninsured drivers are: the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, London Metropolitan and Merseyside.


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