Cars seized by police

More than 75 vehicles were seized by police in Northamptonshire during a month-long operation to target those driving on county roads without proper insurance
More than 75 vehicles were seized by police in Northamptonshire during a month-long operation to target those driving on county roads without proper insurance

More than 75 vehicles were seized by police in Northamptonshire during a month-long operation to target those who drive on the county’s roads without proper insurance.

The operation aimed to send a clear message that those who get behind the wheel without valid insurance will be identified and prosecuted.

It ran from 27 October to 21 November. Officers targeted busy main roads and used automatic number plate recognition technology (ANPR) to identify the uninsured vehicles. The drivers were then stopped and their vehicles seized.

In total, 77 vehicles were seized over the four-week period.

The operation involved officers from Northamptonshire Police and colleagues from neighbouring forces who form part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.

Sergeant Darron Bishop, who lead the operation, said: “Although this was a specific operation to focus on uninsured drivers, it’s something we look out for all year round and the message is clear – there is no excuse for not having insurance; it is illegal and officers will seize your vehicle if you are not covered.

“As well as the inconvenience of having no car, drivers without insurance also face a fine, storage costs and a charge to collect the vehicle as well as six points on their licence. No vehicle is released until proof of insurance is produced and if this does not happen, the vehicle it may be destroyed.”

The Motor Insurers Bureau estimates there are nearly 9,000 uninsured vehicles on Northamptonshire’s roads and that, across the country, uninsured and untraced drivers kill 130 people and injure 26,500 every year. The annual cost of uninsured driving is estimated to be £400 million.