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Police in a drive to crack down on uninsured cars; seventy vehicles seized in operation across counties.

Byline: SOPHIE DISHMAN sophie.dishman@reachplc.com @SOPHIEDISHGAZ

SEVENTY vehicles have been seized during a week-long crackdown on uninsured drivers across Cleveland and Durham.

During the clampdown, 68 vehicles were removed for not being insured.

Meanwhile, two vehicles were seized for having no tax.

Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit joined other police forces around the UK for the operation, which took place for one week from Monday, November 12.

Inspector Darren Breslin, from the Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit, said: "Taking uninsured vehicles off our roads protects other road users and that is our goal."

Uninsured drivers are often involved in a wide range of criminal activities, police said.

They added that every year there are a number of incidents where an uninsured driver is found without a driving licence or using an untaxed or stolen vehicle.

Records also show a number offenders are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Insp Breslin added: "Not only do uninsured drivers put other motorists in danger, they also often commit secondary offences such as drugs offences and denying them the use of the roads can prevent this further offending.

"Those drivers found without insurance face having their vehicle seized, six points on their licence, a PS300 fine and possible prosecution through court."

A high number of collisions involve uninsured drivers.

In 2017, the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) received 11,000 claims from victims of uninsured drivers, with hundreds of people who had suffered catastrophic, life changing injuries.

MIB supports victims of uninsured and hit-and-run drivers by providing a last resort for claims and compensation.

The annual cost to compensate these victims comes to more than PS100m and is funded by the motor insurance premiums of all law-abiding motorists.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Nov 28, 2018
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