Police seize millionth uninsured vehicle

| August 22, 2012
Police seize millionth uninsured vehicle

Police have seized the millionth uninsured vehicle, indicating the size of the problem of uninsured driving in the UK.

The vehicle was seized in Birmingham, which is one of UK’s motor insurance evasion hotspots.

According to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), Bordesley in Birmingham has now replaced the Barkerend area of Bradford as the place with the highest concentration of uninsured motorists.

There are eight times the number of motorists driving vehicles without cover in Bordesley compared with the national average.

The West Midlands region accounts for 60% of the worst 20 postcodes in the country for uninsured driving.

West Yorkshire is in second place with 25% of the worst 20 postcodes.

Other hotspots include Manchester and Upper Edmonton in London.

Police have been able to stop vehicles identified as being driven without insurance since 2005 and have seized an average of 500 a day since this time.

AA Insurance has warned that fines for uninsured driving are “too lenient”.

It is calling for harsher penalties to be imposed on uninsured drivers with repeat offenders receiving custodial sentences.

Simon Douglas of AA Insurance said: “A million cars seized is great news, yet there are still an estimated 1.2m vehicles on Britain’s roads being driven without cover – that’s around 1 out of every 25.”

Uninsured drivers risk fines of up to £5,000 as well as points on their licence and may also have their vehicle seized by police.

The cost of car insurance has increased to an average of £1,034 a year, according to the AA British insurance premium index.

Greater Manchester and Liverpool are the most expensive regions, according to the index, with average quotes of £1,648.

AA Insurance said that the increase was partly due to excessive numbers of whiplash claims, which push up the cost of premium.

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