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
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
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)
9. B11 (Birmingham)
10. B10 (Birmingham)
Lowest levels of uninsured driving
2. BH18 (Pool)
3. TD7 (Selkirk)
4. PA28 (Campbeltown)
6. PA20 (Isle of Bute)
7. EH1 (Edinburgh)
8. LL61 (Isle of Angelsey)
9. AB53 (Turriff)
10. TD5 (Kelso)
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
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’.
|Avon and Somerset Police||2,762||2,933||2,915||2,394||1,636||12,640|
|British Transport Police||2||2||seven||20||8||39|
|City of London Police||298||530||530||398||177||1,933|
|Devon and Cornwall Police||1,709||2,251||2,333||1,852||1,258||9,403|
|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|
|Metropolitan Police Service||14,551||13,489||12,760||13,763||8,337||62,900|
|North Wales Police||1,188||1,086||1,111||1,014||589||4,988|
|North Yorkshire Police||1,057||990||1,111||984||724||4,866|
|Northern Ireland Police Service||2,622||2,184||1,978||1,609||967||9,360|
|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|
|Thames Valley Police||3,388||3,796||3,282||2,725||1,624||14,815|
|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|
|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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