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Uninsured vehicles
« on: November 09, 2005, 04:36:23 pm »
It seems it's now easier for police to detect uninsured vehicles with more than 850 having been seized by police in Hertfordshire since the middle of August. It follows the introduction of new police powers and new technology.  The following is a news release emailed to this site.

November 9, 2005
By Corporate Communication Dept

POLICE are reminding motorists that uninsured drivers using Hertfordshire’s roads face having their vehicles seized and destroyed under new powers available to the police.

Welwyn/Hatfield district has extended the number of officers who can enforce the new legislation allowing them to seize any vehicles being driven without insurance or without the driver holding an appropriate licence.

The legislation forms part of the serious and organised crime act and has been enforced by officers from the Road Policing Units and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) teams.

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition system can read registration plates of every passing car and can make immediate links to a range of intelligence databases, including the Police National Computer and tax and insurance records. Officers are then provided with an immediate indication to whether a vehicle is uninsured.

All vehicles that are stopped will have an insurance check and if the vehicle is found to be without insurance then a specialist officer will attend and can undertake the seizure.

The seized vehicles are taken to a secure compound and the driver of the vehicle is given seven working days to prove they have the necessary insurance and hold an appropriate licence. The owner will have to pay a recovery charge of £105 in addition to a storage charge of £12 per day. If no contact is made from the owner after 14 days the vehicle can be destroyed under the legislation.

Deputy Area Commander, Superintendent Iain McVie said: “Individuals who drive on our roads uninsured will not be tolerated and we will use these new powers of confiscation to make our roads safer and tackle crime.”

A total of 860 vehicles have been seized since the new powers came into force.

Month by month the Hertfordshire Constabulary records show:
  • 131 uninsured vehicles were seized from 12 to 31 August,
  • 285 uninsured vehicles were seized in September,
  • 344 uninsured vehicles seized in October and
  • 100 uninsured vehicles have been seized in November so far.

These figures show that this new legislation is taken seriously and if a motorist is caught driving without insurance or an appropriate licence they will also face going to court for driving offences and could receive a fine or a prison sentence.

/end of news release
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Re: Uninsured vehicles
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005, 05:02:09 pm »
With so many cars being seized, wouldn't it be possible for them to be sold on and therefore recover some funds.

I would have thought banning the drivers (for at least three years) would be more of a punishment to a lot of motorists.  If they are sent to prison (unlikely), it will cost the taxpayers and they will probably only serve a very short sentence.

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Re: Uninsured vehicles
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2005, 07:19:01 pm »
The bit I read in the paper said that unclaimed vehicles would be crushed or sold on depending on the value