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Millionth uninsured vehicle seized

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The Motor Insurers Bureau has revealed that the millionth uninsured vehicle has been seized in a bid to tackle those who are driving illegally.

The millionth vehicle was seized in a criminal hotspot in Birmingham this week, which has eight times the number of motorists driving vehicles without insurance compared to the national average. It is estimated that there are 1.2 million uninsured vehicles in the West Midlands area closely followed by West Yorkshire.

Recent research has found that a third of people who live in communities in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire are risking points on their licence, their vehicle being seized and a fine of up to £5,000 because they don’t understand the current laws of insurance.

In 2005 the police were granted the power to seize uninsured vehicles in a bid to stop criminal activity in targeted areas and to find motorists that are breaking the law. It is estimated that 500 vehicles are seized each day with 30% of those being destroyed. 

Since 2005 the Police have stepped up their efforts to catch motorists driving illegally and even more so when the Continuous Insurance Enforcement Law came into force in 2011. The law is a systematic comparison of the Motor Insurance Database and the DVLA registered keeper records. This allows vehicles without insurance to be identified.

The laws that are now in force are hoped to continue to bring down the number of motorists who are caught driving an uninsured vehicle.

Ashton West, Chief Executive at the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) commented: “Although we have made significant progress in recent years with the level of uninsured driving having reduced by 30%, we still need to tackle some persistent offenders. That is why we are working with police and community leaders to engage people in these areas and improve their understanding and awareness of the law as well as the consequences.”

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By Amanda Bainbridge