ALMOST 3,000 Brits are being caught out each day by a crackdown on uninsured motorists.
Owners of uninsured cars can be slapped with a £1,000 fine and face having their vehicle crushed – but they don’t even have to be on the road at the time.
The scheme, operated by Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), was first launched in 2011.
Legislation passed in the same year allows the two organisations to take action against owners of vehicles that are uninsured or aren’t declared off road.
Data from MIB showing all UK motor insurance policies is cross-checked with DVLA vehicle records to catch drivers without insurance, meaning they don’t have to be on the road to be caught out.
The five millionth warning letter was sent to a British motorist in October, marking a significant milestone for the scheme.
Insurance advisory letters are sent to owners found to be without proper insurance.
They then have the option to insure their car or make a statutory off road notification (SORN) within a set period.
If owners fail to do so, they then face hefty fines, court prosecution and could even have their vehicle seized and destroyed.
This week, 35 police forces across the UK are taking part in Operation Drive Insured, which will see authorities team up with the MIB to crackdown on uninsured drivers.
The Operation hopes to reduce the number of dangerous motorists on British roads, with those dodging insurance often associated with a range of other criminal activities.
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Neil Drane, head of enforcement at MIB, said: “Data enables us to easily identify vehicles that appear without insurance.
“By using automation alongside ongoing police efforts, we’ve helped to halve the number of uninsured drivers on UK roads over the past 10 years.
“A driver with no valid insurance has no legal right to be on the road and removing them undoubtedly makes roads safer.
“The increased activity during Operation Drive Insured should get more of these drivers off our roads.”
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Simon Hills, Inspector for roads policing operations at Thames Valley Police, said: “In my experience, drivers who willingly use vehicles without insurance are often committing secondary offences.
“These range in seriousness from minor road traffic offences, to driving whilst disqualified and other crimes such as drug dealing and burglary.
“The effective enforcement of uninsured vehicles allows us to deny criminals the use of the road and prevent further offending.
“Operation Drive Insured is a perfect opportunity for us to target our resources.”