Met campaign targets uninsured motorists in London

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Car Rental News - 24/10/2011


London’s Metropolitan Police have initiated a new campaign aimed to catch uninsured motorists.

So far there have been at least 66 individuals arrested and in excess of 500 cars seized in the effort, which commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said will also help to disrupt other forms of criminal activity in the capital. The commissioner said that figures show that as much as 80 per cent of uninsured drivers also take part in other crimes.

The program is proving to be effective, according to police, who say that uninsured driving incidents have been reduced by as much as 40 per cent in Merseyside, where the scheme has been underway for some time. Mr Hogan-Howe says the program asks departments to spend dedicated days targeting uninsured motorists on a regular basis.

More than 1,000 officers have been involved with the effort thus far, which has led to the recovery of a stolen lorry on a few moments after it was reported missing in central London. Police also discovered large amounts of cash, a lock knife and cannabis during enforcement procedures on Harleyford Road in south London.

Met officials said they are using license plate recognition technology and roadside checkpoints to carry out the effort. Those found driving without insurance can face driving bans, fines and points on their license whilst vehicles may be destroyed.

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