Crackdown on uninsured drivers as county-wide initiative is launched

PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 November 2018

Sue Mountstevens says uninsured drivers make roads in the area more dangerous.

Sue Mountstevens says uninsured drivers make roads in the area more dangerous.

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People driving illegally in the area could get six points on their licence, a £300 fine or have their vehicles destroyed – if they do not adhere to Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s letter of warning.

This comes after the police launched a campaign to deter people from driving uninsured vehicles in the area.

Drivers can expect to have their vehicles randomly checked by automatic number plate recognition cameras – which pick up those insured and the type of cover held.

The constabulary’s spokesman, Richard McKeirnan said: “This campaign will be delivered using the most up to date technology to target drivers without car insurance.

“Owners of vehicles found to be uninsured will receive a letter letting them me know we are aware they are driving illegally and those who do not buy appropriate insurance could receive six points on their license, a £300 fine or have their vehicles seized, and potentially destroyed.

“We are not just targeting those who are driving around and are knowingly breaking the law, some people aren’t aware of the exclusions that can apply when they fill out their insurance information, and this is why we have collated a series of myths around car insurance to remind drivers to check their policy.”

The police want to quash four myths which surround drivers’ insurance polices, including fully comprehensive cover meaning people can use any car, travelling to and from work when its not protected by their plan and keeping an off-the-road vehicle uninsured.

Police and Crime Commissioner for the police, Sue Mountstevens, said: “Uninsured drivers make the roads a more dangerous place and it is the honest motorists who have to pay higher premiums as a result of claims arising from uninsured losses.

“This campaign is a great opportunity to remind motorists to check they are correctly insured for every journey they make while contributing to the overall safety of the roads.”

During January to October this year, the police seized almost 2,400 vehicles which were being driven illegally on roads in the area.

Figures from the Motor Insurers Bureau have revealed warnings are being issued to around 3,000 uninsured drivers every day in the UK.

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