Motor Industry News
Police in Yorkshire are spear-heading a campaign to tackle motorists who insist on driving without insurance.
In the last year there has been an almost 100 per cent increase in the number of vehicles taken off the road by officers who impounded 150,000 cars during 2007 compared to just 78,000 the previous year. Police have called the problem of uninsured drivers 'immense' and said that in some areas almost 60 per cent of the vehicles on the road were illegal.
Many of the uninsured drivers are likely to be involved in other criminal offences are likely to run away from any incidents leaving honest motorists with the nightmare of sorting out the mess.
Police use the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, which links police car computers to a database of all insurance companies to flag up any vehicles without insurance. If the driver can't produce a valid insurance document when stopped their car could either be crushed or sold at auction to regain costs.
According to the Motor Insurers' Bureau, uninsured and untraced drivers kill around 160 people and injure 23,000 every year while adding £30 to every honest motorist's annual premium.
"This is a huge problem from many motorists and that's why we have linked up with Thompsons Solicitors to provide free legal advice for our customers," said Roger Powell of mycarcheck.com, the UK's fastest growing vehicle data checking company. "Anybody who buys a Premium Service check with us automatically gets legal protection to deal with any incidents involving uninsured drivers or hit and run incidents."