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Crackdown on uninsured drivers continues

Tuesday 4 February 2014

More than ten uninsured drivers had their cars seized by police as part of an ongoing force-wide crackdown over the weekend, including one mum who was teaching her son to drive in a car with no insurance.

Officers from West Midlands Police’s Traffic Unit impounded cars from uninsured motorists in Solihull, Sparkhill, Wolverhampton and Edgbaston - all of whom had to make alternative travel plans after being found flouting road regulations.

On Sunday (2 February) they stopped a Toyota Avensis in Sparkhill as part of a routine stop check and arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, failing to wear a seat belt and for not having third party insurance. He was later charged and is set to appear in court.

Officers were amazed to find a mother in Solihull teaching her son to drive in an uninsured vehicle and without displaying ‘L’ plates; the vehicle was seized and the owner summonsed to court at a later date.

And in Wolverhampton, police stopped a BMW after the vehicle was seen being driven erratically. A 23-year-old man was arrested and later charged for driving without a valid licence and also for being abusive towards officers.

Inspector Greg Jennings, from Force Traffic, said: “We recovered more than ten uninsured vehicles over the weekend… uninsured vehicles cause problems for law-abiding motorists especially if they are involved in collisions.

“We want to send a clear message out to uninsured drivers that this behaviour will not be tolerated and we will continue to target uninsured drivers to make our roads safer."

Uninsured drivers cost law abiding motorists approximately £30 extra on their premiums each year.

In addition to any injuries, those hit by uninsured drivers in collision not only face the inconvenience of having to organise insurance claims, but also lost no claims bonuses and higher premiums.

All drivers can check their vehicle is recorded on the Motor Insurance Database for free by visiting:www.askMID.com

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