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Police crackdown on uninsured drivers starts TODAY

Crackdown: 'Op Drive Insured' is a week-long coordinated effort by the Bureau of Motor Insurers and police that begins today and will target vehicles identified as uninsured

British police forces are cracking down on uninsured motorists this week in a new operation to remove cars from the road without proper cover.

“Op Drive Insured” is a week-long coordinated effort by the Bureau of Automobile Insurers and police that begins today and will target vehicles identified as uninsured.

It says police have already removed more than 100,000 uncovered motors from our roads this year, a third of which have been run over. Yet there is still a long way to go to tackle the growing crime that adds £500million a year to insurance premiums.

Birmingham will be one of the main targets of the operation, with data held by insurance companies showing that seven out of ten postcodes where claims are made involving uninsured motorists are in the city.

Crackdown: 'Op Drive Insured' is a week-long coordinated effort by the Bureau of Motor Insurers and police that begins today and will target vehicles identified as uninsured

Crackdown: ‘Op Drive Insured’ is a week-long coordinated effort by the Bureau of Motor Insurers and police that begins today and will target vehicles identified as uninsured

The operation was launched by the MIB and the National Roads Policing Operations, Intelligence and Investigations (NRPOII) unit of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

During the action week, police will use the Car Insurance Database – a live record of all car insurance policies – to see if cars are insured.

In the event of a dispute by the driver, MIB will liaise in real time with the insurer concerned to confirm the insurance status of the vehicle.

If the supplier says there is no cover on this vehicle, it will be found and seized by officers – and potentially crushed.

Violators will also receive a minimum fixed fine notice of £300 and six points on their licence.

In the most serious cases, they will be taken to court and receive an unlimited fine and/or a driving ban.

UK police have already removed more than 100,000 uninsured motors from our roads this year, a third of which have been run over

UK police have already removed more than 100,000 uninsured motors from our roads this year, a third of which have been run over

During the action week, police will use the Car Insurance Database – a live record of all car insurance policies – to see if cars are insured.  If they are, they will be seized

During the action week, police will use the Car Insurance Database – a live record of all car insurance policies – to see if cars are insured. If they are, they will be seized

The crackdown comes as figures show someone in the UK is hit by an uninsured or runaway driver every 20 minutes – and every day at least one person sustains an injury so serious they require medical treatment. life.

The operation runs until November 27. The bureau says it has received more than 26,000 claims from victims who were involved in a collision with an uninsured driver last year alone.

And so far in 2022, more than 100,000 uninsured drivers have had their vehicles seized, with a third of those engines crushed.

POSTAL CODES WITH MOST CLAIMS RELATED TO UNINSURED DRIVERS

Highest levels of uninsured driving

1. B18 (Birmingham)

2. B9 (Birmingham)

3. B8 (Birmingham)

4. B21 (Birmingham)

5. B6 (Birmingham)

6. RM19 (Purple)

7. B66 (Smethwick)

8.M8 (Manchester)

9. B11 (Birmingham)

10. B10 (Birmingham)

Lowest levels of uninsured driving

1.G4 (Glasgow)

2. BH18 (Pool)

3. TD7 (Selkirk)

4. PA28 (Campbeltown)

5.SG3 (Knebworth)

6. PA20 (Isle of Bute)

7. EH1 (Edinburgh)

8. LL61 (Isle of Angelsey)

9. AB53 (Turriff)

10. TD5 (Kelso)

Source: MIB

Records show more than half a million uninsured cars have been seized by police since 2018.

Of the 542,370 cars commandeered by 2018 forces midway through this year, most were seized in 2020 when Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions were in place, with some vehicle owners opting to cancel their insurance policies. insurance to save money when they weren’t. able to drive.

Failure to declare their vehicles as SORN with the DVLA, removing them from the road and keeping them on private property, is leading to an increase in offences, the AA said.

The increase in cases of uninsured drivers has a dramatic economic impact.

The growing scale of the problem is now costing innocent motorists nearly £500million a year in higher premiums.

In addition, government figures also suggest that injuries from uninsured and fleeing drivers potentially cost the economy almost £2.2billion a year in emergency services, medical treatment, lost productivity and human costs.

The crackdown comes as figures show someone in the UK is hit by an uninsured or runaway driver every 20 minutes

The crackdown comes as figures show someone in the UK is hit by an uninsured or runaway driver every 20 minutes

Crackdown on uninsured hotspots like Birmingham

As Op Drive Insured takes place in all regions of the UK, particular attention will be given to uninsured hotspots in each local region.

Nationally, Birmingham has the highest levels of uninsured driving, representing the top five postcodes where most claims are made following incidents with motorists who have no cover.

In fact, Birmingham accounts for seven of the top 10 postcodes for the whole country, with Smethwick (four miles from Birmingham) also in seventh place.

On the other hand, Scotland appears to have the lowest volume of uninsured motorists, according to the data.

MIB law enforcement officer Paul Farley said uninsured drivers are ‘simply dangerous’, cause a ‘much higher collision rate’ and are ‘often linked to broader traffic offences, including hit-and-run accidents.

He adds: “We are working day and night with our law enforcement partners to end this.

“We hope Op Drive Insured sends a clear message that no one is above the law and those who choose to drive without insurance will not get away with it.”

Roads Minister Richard Holden also made a statement on the operation, saying it would crack down on those who ‘drive everyone free’ and was part of the government’s ‘commitment to improving road safety’.

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 departments. Only Cheshire and Kent Police did not respond with data

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