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More than half a million uninsured cars taken off Britain's roads since 2018

More than half a million uninsured cars have been taken off our roads in 5 years - and there are still many more on the road today: AA Insurance has provided data on the number of motors seized since 2018

More than half a million uninsured cars have been removed from UK roads in the past five years – including 130,000 seized during the Covid lockdown

  • Nearly 550,000 total uninsured cars were confiscated in 2018-2022
  • Some 64,682 uninsured cars have already been confiscated this year
  • Most of the vehicles requisitioned were during the year 2020, hit by containment
  • Some motorists are believed to have canceled insurance policies to save money when they were unable to drive, but failed to keep their cars off the public road.

Nearly 550,000 uninsured cars have been seized by police since 2018 as new figures shed light on the number of motors being used on our roads without cover.

Already this year, some 64,682 uninsured cars have been confiscated, according to an investigation by AA Insurance.

Of the 542,370 cars commandeered by police forces from 2018 to 2022, most were seized in 2020 when Covid shutdowns and travel restrictions were in place, with some vehicle owners opting to cancel their policies. insurance to save money while they were unable to drive.

This is likely the result of drivers choosing to cancel their insurance during the national Covid-related lockdowns that year, but not report them SORN to the DVLA, remove them from the road and keep them on a private property, leading to an increase in offences.

More than half a million uninsured cars have been taken off our roads in 5 years - and there are still many more on the road today: AA Insurance has provided data on the number of motors seized since 2018

More than half a million uninsured cars have been taken off our roads in 5 years – and there are still many more on the road today: AA Insurance has provided data on the number of motors seized since 2018

The AA sent a freedom of information request to 46 police forces across the UK regarding the number of uninsured motors they had seized each year since 2018, with 44 providing figures.

The two who did not provide figures were Cheshire Police, who said their systems could not easily determine how many cars had been impounded for driving without insurance, and Kent Police, who did not. all answered.

Despite closures and restricted travel throughout 2020, it has seen the most uninsured vehicles seized with more than 129,652 cars taken off the road.

The Metropolitan Police removed the most cars from the road – a total of 62,900 over the five-year period.

West Midlands confiscated the second highest volume of uninsured cars, with 44,056 taken.

West Yorkshire completes the top three with 33,829 cars seized.

More than 33,000 drivers in Scotland have had their cars commandeered, compared to 22,700 Welsh drivers and 9,360 drivers in Northern Ireland.

HOW MANY UNINSURED CARS HAVE BEEN SEIZED WHERE YOU RESIDE?
Police force 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 TOTAL
Avon and Somerset Police 2,762 2,933 2,915 2,394 1,636 12,640
Bedfordshire Constabulary 1,609 1,729 1,765 1,437 808 7,348
British Transport Police 2 2 seven 20 8 39
Cambridgeshire Constabulary 1,999 2,104 1,841 1,610 928 8,482
City of London Police 298 530 530 398 177 1,933
Cleveland Police 1,707 1,613 1,943 1,575 790 7,628
Cumbria Police 763 731 769 632 387 3,282
Derbyshire Constabulary 2,477 2,193 2,219 2,033 1,058 9,980
Devon and Cornwall Police 1,709 2,251 2,333 1,852 1,258 9,403
Dorset Police 1,099 965 1,001 792 530 4,387
Durham Police 1,119 1,392 1,501 1,117 648 5,777
Dyfed-Powys Police 725 585 622 391 218 2,541
Essex Police 3,394 3,980 4,135 3,555 2,126 17,190
Gloucestershire Police 1,085 1,067 1,261 1,020 N / A 4,433
Greater Manchester Police 6,106 6,730 7,307 7,265 4,727 32 135
Gwent Font 1,376 1,418 1,515 1,213 740 6,262
Hampshire Constabulary 2,448 2,383 2,334 1,959 1,434 10,558
Hertfordshire Constabulary 2,204 2,265 2,358 2,088 1,118 10,033
Humberside Constabulary 2,087 2,412 3,075 2,377 1,169 11,120
Lancashire Constabulary 3,369 3,330 3,357 2,578 1,523 14,157
Leicestershire Police 2,431 2,670 3,512 2,965 1,364 12,942
Lincolnshire Constabulary 1,938 2,120 1,976 1,650 1,086 8,770
Merseyside Police 3,040 3,326 3,231 3,468 2,158 15,223
Metropolitan Police Service 14,551 13,489 12,760 13,763 8,337 62,900
Norfolk Constabulary 1,603 1,686 1,691 1,563 851 7,394
North Wales Police 1,188 1,086 1,111 1,014 589 4,988
Northamptonshire Constabulary 2,084 2,444 3,156 2,467 1,516 11,667
Northumbria Police 1,642 1,558 2,117 1,629 869 7,815
North Yorkshire Police 1,057 990 1,111 984 724 4,866
Nottinghamshire Police 2,084 2,444 3,156 2,467 1,516 11,667
Northern Ireland Police Service 2,622 2,184 1,978 1,609 967 9,360
Police Scotland 6,837 6,851 8,811 6,747 3,963 33,209
South Wales Police 2,577 1,996 2,147 1,238 972 8,930
South Yorkshire Police 2,566 3,111 3,915 2,999 1,604 14,195
Staffordshire Constabulary 2,956 2,546 2,744 2,804 1,316 12,366
Suffolk Constabulary 1,270 1,412 1,386 1,152 557 5,777
Surrey Police 1,658 1,542 1,656 1,574 848 7,278
Sussex Police 1,992 1,859 2,055 1,979 1,251 9,136
Thames Valley Police 3,388 3,796 3,282 2,725 1,624 14,815
Warwickshire Constabulary 1,507 1,707 1,986 1,636 648 7,484
West Mercia Police 2,171 2,417 2,485 2,084 1,008 10,165
West Midlands Police 8,626 9,836 10,872 9,226 5,496 44,056
West Yorkshire Police 6,873 7,889 8,708 6,734 3,625 33,829
Wiltshire Police 947 959 1,018 776 510 4,210
TOTAL 115,946 120,531 129,652 111,559 64,682 542,370
Source: AA Insurance. NB: Request for access to information addressed to the 46 police services. Only Cheshire and Kent Police did not respond with data

AA Insurance has warned that these figures could be the tip of an iceberg, estimating that there could be around a million uninsured drivers on the road each year – and with the cost of living crisis worsening, more motorists could be encouraged to take the road without insurance.

Insurers have been targeted in a crackdown by regulators to stop raising prices for renewal quotes, but many are still reporting that the cost of their policy is rising. Our guide to ten tips to reduce the cost of car insurance explains how to save money and compare prices.

Gus Park, managing director of AA Insurance Services, said: “Every driver worries about being involved in a collision, but worse, the other party is uninsured.”

“Unfortunately, we know that when times get tough some people try to cut costs, and one area where people are tempted to do that is to cut their car insurance.

“However, these figures show that forces across the country are on the lookout and will take away uninsured cars.

‘Don’t take the risk. Not only is there a chance of your car being seized, but the criminal and financial hardship isn’t worth it.

Despite closures and restricted travel throughout 2020, it has seen the most uninsured vehicles seized with more than 129,652 cars taken off the road.  This is likely due to an increase in the number of people canceling their insurance policies to save money during the height of the pandemic.

Despite closures and restricted travel throughout 2020, it has seen the most uninsured vehicles seized with more than 129,652 cars taken off the road. This is likely due to an increase in the number of people canceling their insurance policies to save money during the height of the pandemic.

On Monday, the Insurance Fraud Bureau launched a new campaign to raise awareness of ghost brokers using social media platforms to sell fake insurance policies to young drivers.

Victims who fall for the scam will believe that they are covered by driving without insurance, which exposes them to lawsuits.

He said he saw more than 55,000 cases last year, compared to around 21,000 in the previous 12 months.

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