28/10/2016

86 Uninsured Vehicles Seized During Week-Long Operation

86 uninsured vehicles were taken off Cleveland and Durham’s roads during a week of action targeting those flouting insurance laws.

The national operation, ran by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum, took place between Monday 17th October and Sunday 23rd October.

Those drivers found without insurance face six penalty points on their licence and a minimum fixed penalty of £300 each.

Nationally, the MIB estimates that 1 in 38 vehicles on the UK’s roads are being driven uninsured.

Chief Inspector Graham Milne, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Taking part in this operation means that there are now 86 drivers who are not on the roads of Cleveland and Durham using uninsured vehicles. Those found to be without insurance now face six penalty points on their licence and a hefty fine.

“It is really disappointing that we still see uninsured vehicles being driven on our roads despite our warnings and our message to any uninsured driver is that they will be caught.

“The results that we have seen have wholly supported our view that we need to continue with these initiatives to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on our roads in order to keep other road users as safe as we possibly can.”

Every week in the UK around 3000 uninsured vehicles are seized under police powers to tackle the issue.