Campaign reveals 100 uninsured motorists a month caught in West Mercia - The Evesham Observer

Campaign reveals 100 uninsured motorists a month caught in West Mercia

Evesham Editorial 19th Nov, 2018   0

AN AVERAGE of 100 uninsured motorists a month were prosecuted by West Mercia Police between April and October, new figures have revealed.

A total of 598 motorists were caught during the period according to the findings published as the force joined the nationwide ‘Operation Drive Insured’ campaign, launched by the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB).

The campaign will use data from the Motor Insurance Database, run by the MIB, to identify drivers not legally allowed to use their vehicles on the road.

Around 11,000 claims from injuries or damages sustained by uninsured drivers were made in the UK 2017, with 142,000 uninsured vehicles being seized across the country in the same time period.




Drivers committing the crime can face fines of £300, six penalty points on their licence or having their vehicle seized. Uninsured drivers can also be disqualified.

Sgt Stuart Allen from West Mercia Police said: “We have targeted enforcement in place throughout this week and a number of activities focusing on uninsured vehicles or motorists who commit this offence.


“We continue to work on improving the safety of our roads, ensuring any criminality or poor driving issues are dealt with which ultimately helps to make our roads safer for all who use them.”

Neil Drane, the MIG’s head of enforcement, said: “A driver with no valid insurance has no legal right to be on the road and removing them undoubtedly makes roads safer.”

Anyone who suspects someone who is driving uninsured should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Visit mib.org.uk for more on the Motor Insurers Bureau.

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