Mon, Nov 12, 2018 7:47 PM
Police forces across the UK are joining forces to clamp down on drivers whose cars are on the road but uninsured, and you don’t even have to be driving to get caught.
Operation Drive Insured was launched this week, with the aim of keeping the UK’s roads safer from dangerous drivers who dodge paying insurance and are often connected to many other illegal activities.
The scheme will focus on cars which are uninsured or aren’t declared off road, with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) combining to cross-check the records of all vehicles, a system which has been catching 3,000 motorists a day. First launched in 2011, the scheme recently saw it’s five millionth warning letter sent out and with enforcement by some 35 UK police forces there is no escaping the long arm of the law as you don’t even have to be seen on the road to be caught out.
Thames Valley Police are one of the police forces co-operating in Operation Drive Insured and their Inspector for Roads Policing Operations is keen to see the scheme catch as many offenders as possible: “In my experience, drivers who willingly use vehicles without insurance are often committing secondary offences.
"These range in seriousness from minor road traffic offences, to driving whilst disqualified and other crimes such as drug dealing and burglary.
"The effective enforcement of uninsured vehicles allows us to deny criminals the use of the road and prevent further offending.
"Operation Drive Insured is a perfect opportunity for us to target our resources.”
Neil Drane is in charge of enforcing the scheme at MIB and underlines how easy it is now to monitor those who think they can escape paying. He said: "Data enables us to easily identify vehicles that appear without insurance.
"By using automation alongside ongoing police efforts, we've helped to halve the number of uninsured drivers on UK roads over the past 10 years.
“A driver with no valid insurance has no legal right to be on the road and removing them undoubtedly makes roads safer.
"The increased activity during Operation Drive Insured should get more of these drivers off our roads.”