West Midlands Police puts brakes on uninsured drivers during week-long operation
Almost 200 vehicles were seized by West Midlands Police traffic
cops during a week-long crackdown on uninsured drivers.
One vehicle was seized twice in three days while a motorist on
their mobile phone as their two year-old passenger stood on a seat
was amongst those stopped in the operation which ended on Sunday
Officers from West Midlands Police and Central Motorway Police
Group (CMPG) put the brakes on drivers breaking the law with 188
motors seized as part of a national campaign.
Vehicles which are seized for not being insured can be crushed
or sold off at auction if the owner doesn't obtain and provide the
necessary documents to police within seven days.
Those caught driving without insurance face being hit with
between six to eight points on their licence, a £300 fixed penalty
notice or substantial fine if the matter is pursued through the
One vehicle was seized twice within days; after initially being
retrieved when insurance documents were obtained.
However, although the keeper had insured the car the driver
stopped on the second occasion wasn't on the insurance policy and
so it was seized again.
Superintendent Dean Hatton, from CMPG, said: "Unfortunately we
continue to see drivers get behind the wheel without being
"Not only is it a criminal offence but it is completely
unacceptable and unfair on those who do properly insure their
vehicles. We take this matter seriously and are
determined to protect the public."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
added: "I introduced police powers to seize and destroy uninsured
vehicles as a transport minister back in 2004. This was in answer
to the menace of uninsured drivers, who are often in untaxed and
"I know that the vast majority of law-abiding motorists will
welcome this tough action by West Midlands Police, as they are sick
of paying the price for uninsured drivers."