Police Crackdown On Uninsured Drivers

Tue 22nd Nov 2022

Police forces across the UK have commenced a seven-day operation targeting drivers who don't have insurance, focusing on locations with the highest offence rates.

Police will up the ante on motorists who don't have the required coverage on their vehicles as part of Op Drive Insured, including fining and vehicle seizure. Infraction generates a minimum fine of £300 and the potential of seeing your car destroyed for those without coverage.

Drivers are hit by uninsured or hit-and-run drivers every 20 minutes, and one person per day requires lifelong care because of the resulting injuries. According to the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB), uninsured drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes and vehicle crimes than those with valid insurance.

The MIB and the NPCC's National Roads Policing Operations are collaborating from 21-27 November to carry out spot checks on drivers.

According to the MIB, Birmingham has the most widespread uninsured driving problem, as measured by claims data. Extra attention will be directed at areas with the highest levels of uninsured driving, based on MIB claim data. Postcodes including B6, B8, B9, B10, B11, B18, and B21, as well as Purfleet (RM19), Smethwick (B66), and Manchester (M8), are listed as having the highest percentages of uninsured driving.

“Many people, like me, will be deeply concerned about the number of deliberately uninsured drivers in the West Midlands,” said Simon Foster, police and crime commissioner at West Midlands Police. “These people are reckless, thoughtless and have no regard for others. Rest assured, West Midlands Police will deal with those people that do not feel the law applies to them, robustly, so as to ensure they are held to account for their actions.”