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Uninsured driving crackdown in UK takes over 3,700 cars off the road

A week-long police roadside operation tackling uninsured driving in the UK has taken over 3,700 vehicles off the road.

The annual ‘Operation Drive Insured’, which took place from 20th-26th November last, was aimed at tackling the scourge of uninsured drivers in the UK, resulting in an estimated 3,736 seizures as well as 142 stolen vehicles being identified.

For some, the consequences of being found driving uninsured were even more severe as their link to secondary criminal activity was uncovered: A group seen driving uninsured heading from Wales towards London was stopped resulting in three arrests for “possession with intent to supply and money laundering”, with £40,000 seized from the vehicle.

Across that week, UK police report that at least 134 arrests were made.

Police used the Motor Insurers’ Bureau’s (MIB) database containing a record of all motor insurance policies in the UK, to see if drivers are insured.

Uninsured drivers in the UK can have their vehicle seized (and potentially crushed), receive a £300 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence. Furthermore, they could face court and receive an unlimited fine and/or a driving ban.

According to the MIB, more than 120,000 uninsured drivers had their vehicle seized in the UK last year, with a third crushed.

Uninsured driving has a significant economic impact, with the MIB saying that an average of £53 is being added to every single annual motor premium to help compensate victims.

Furthermore, the MIB estimates all injuries caused by uninsured and hit-and-run drivers to potentially cost the British economy nearly £2.4 billion a year in emergency services, medical care, loss of productivity and human costs.

Paul Farley, national law enforcement manager at MIB, said: “Tackling uninsured driving is more than getting people to pay premiums – we know those who deliberately drive uninsured cause more collisions too, so we’re making roads safer and fairer for everyone. Our message is simple: drive properly insured, or you will be caught.”