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Cumbria police seize 160 cars from uninsured drivers

More than 160 Cumbrian motorists have had their cars seized by police in a crackdown on uninsured drivers.

Car towed photo

Senior officers say they are determined to enforce the law requiring all motorists to be insured before they take to the road.

Figures for the first six months of this year show that Cumbria Constabulary took away 162 vehicles after their owners failed to arrange proper insurance.

The worst offenders are prosecuted while some who fail to comply the law may face the added headache of having their vehicles crushed.

Inspector Ben Swinson, of the force’s Operational Support Unit, said: “We target motorists by using police and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau’s databases which have details of every road user in the UK and whether vehicles have been insured or not.

“Those who fail to provide valid insurance details will have their vehicles seized and will have a certain amount of time to get their vehicle insured before it is crushed.

“Those who feel they may be saving money by not insuring are wrong.

“Even if a vehicle is seized and insurance is sorted prior to it being crushed, a release fee will be required.

“Those who fail to provide valid insurance details will also be reported for summons and face a significant fine and deduction of points.”

The officer added why it is irresponsible to ignore the need to insure the car you drive.

“There are also implications on other road users. If a motorist who has insured their vehicle collides with a motorist who hasn’t it provides added complications in receiving compensation,” he said.

“So those who feel they can get away without insuring their vehicle will be targeted.”

Have your say

This is just a small proportion of uninsured drivers, but at least something is being done. Some guy from the AA once said they estimate that 10% of drivers are uninsured or have void insurance because of undeclared modifications or convictions. imagine if one in ten cars were off the road.....congestion? What congestion? trouble is the police don't have the resources to catch them all. A lot would have escaped because of a tip off from friends. All is not helped by foreign cars not needing to be registered for six months when they come into this country. So no way of knowing who the owner is, except by stopping them.
I say hit them in the pocket....and if they re-offend, jail them.

Posted by on 8 August 2014 at 19:37

Do em, Do em all and the road tax dodgers aswell and while were at it the Council Tax dodgers and the Blue Badge holders who arent disabled oh and those Council workers that park in 2 hour bays on Portland Square that come out to change their clocks every 1hour 59 minutes I've see you...

Posted by Big Lad on 1 August 2014 at 21:59

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