Cops tackle uninsured drivers

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FIFTEEN uninsured drivers have had their vehicles seized by Derbyshire police during a special operation.

On Friday, November 25, police positioned Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras along the A38 near the East Midlands Designer Outlet, South Normanton, to find uninsured drivers and prosecute them.

With the support of the outlet centre, police pulled drivers into the centre car park and seized their vehicles. Vehicles were left on display at the centre to show passing motorists the consequences of driving without insurance. The drivers were allowed to retrieve their vehicles if they arranged insurance.

Inspectors were also on hand to check for any vehicle faults, such as insufficient tyre tread, and offer shoppers winter safety checks for their cars.

According to the Motor Insurers Bureau, whose staff were on hand to support police during Friday’s operation, there are more than 13,000 uninsured vehicles in Derbyshire.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of Roads Policing, said: “Collisions involving uninsured drivers raise the cost of insurance police renewals and we often find that the vehicles are in a poor state of repair, posing a danger to other road users.

“All vehicles seized by police during the operation, either for being uninsured or in a dangerous condition, were impounded as a clear message to irresponsible drivers.”

For pictures of the operation, see Derbyshire police’s Facebook page.