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Uninsured-vehicle seizures double

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In two years the number of cars seized by police because they were not insured has more than doubled, new figures show.

Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) and the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) show that more than 170,000 vehicles without insurance were seized by police in 2008, while in 2006 the number was 78,000.

During 2005 new laws were implemented giving police the ability to seize vehicles driven without insurance.

There is now also better access to the Motor Insurance Database, and the roll-out nationally of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) equipment has also helped tackle the problem.

Frank Whiteley, Acpo's ANPR head and Chief Constable at Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: "The growing number of vehicle seizures reflects a tremendous achievement by both the police service and the MIB. It demonstrates our joint commitment to eradicating the danger caused by uninsured drivers.

"Such offenders risk lives, injury to other road users and themselves, and damage to livelihoods and property."

He added that each year uninsured and untraced motorists cause the deaths of 160 people and injure 23,000.

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