Police seize vehicles in insurance crackdown

More than 150 vehicles were seized by police in a crackdown on uninsured drivers.

Police Scotland said they seized 179 vehicles and detected 262 drivers for driving without proper insurance or licences last week.

The campaign operated between Monday January 22 and Sunday January 28, and was carried out in partnership with the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said: "These detections demonstrate that there are still some drivers who think they are above the law and don't need to pay for proper insurance cover.

"This puts law-abiding drivers at risk of financial loss or worse.

"Although the campaign has now ended, we will continue to search for and stop those drivers using uninsured vehicles which we will seize."

Paul Bennett, MIB's national police liaison officer, said: "The Motor Insurers' Bureau saw an increase of over 50% of calls into our police helpline from officers across Scotland during the week of action, which led to an increase of over 40% more seizures during this week.

"Every uninsured vehicle taken off the roads contributes towards making the roads a safer place for everyone and we would like to thank Police Scotland, and their officers, for their professionalism and assistance in this operation, and indeed throughout the year.

"Together we will continue to drive down uninsured driving for the benefit of everyone"

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