Police in Cumbria are taking part in a national awareness week in relation to uninsured drivers.
Nationally it is believed that there are approximately 1 million motorists who are driving without insurance. Driving without insurance is illegal and police in Cumbria will be targeting and intercepting vehicles which are flagged up on the Motor Insurers’ Bureau’s database, which is able to list where vehicles are registered, and which ones are insured, as well as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
Evidence suggests uninsured vehicles are more likely to be involved in both collisions and criminal activity. The week of action is looking to raise awareness of this issue which subsequently will ensure that Cumbria’s roads will be safer.
If a vehicle is stopped and a driver cannot provide up-to-date motor insurance details, the vehicle will be seized and may be destroyed if insurance is not purchased within a set time limit. Drivers will also be prosecuted for driving without motor insurance. To be caught driving whilst uninsured carries a penalty of six points on your licence, a fine of £300 and you could face a driving ban.
Sergeant Claire Sampson, Mobile Support Group, said: “This week we will be actively targeting motorists who use our roads without insuring their vehicle. We will do this 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 that haven’t will be flagged and targeted.
“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.
“Driving without insurance causes implications for 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. The messages is clear, those who feel they can get away without insuring their vehicle will be targeted.”
Adding his support for the initiative, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “I would like to reiterate to drivers out there who think they can get away without insuring their vehicle that this is totally unacceptable and irresponsible, and when caught, they will quite rightly be heavily penalised.”
If you know someone who is driving without motor insurance please contact police on 101 or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.