Uninsured cars seized by police in major operation

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 Northamptonshire Police during a month-long operation targeting those who drive on the county’s roads without insurance.

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

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. A total of 77 vehicles were seized over the four-week period. The operation involved officers from Northamptonshire Police and colleagues from neighbouring forces.

Sergeant Darron Bishop, who led 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 may be destroyed.”