Make sure your vehicle is insured as police continue purge

Crime / Mon 29th Jan 2024 at 11:13am

IN the last 15 weeks, police officers seized 1196 uninsured cars and commercial vehicles to combat uninsured drivers using roads in Essex (the period between 9 October 2023 to 21 January 2024).

Each and every day, we carry out enforcement activities to ensure safety on our roads, not just for vehicle users, but for everyone.

Our officers carryout work focussing on identifying and targeting those drivers who pose the greatest risk to other road users whilst using the county’s roads.

Superintendent Phil Stinger, Head of Specialist Operations, explained: “We know that some families and businesses continue to be affected by the on-going cost of living crisis and people may have to choose where they spend their income.

“But it’s imperative that every driver insures their vehicle to make sure that, in the event of a collision, they have the support and coverage they need to get back on the road.

“It’s against the law to drive an uninsured vehicle which is why we proactively patrol all our roads and carry out this enforcement work.

“If you’re stopped by any officer, we’ll check you’re insured and if not, we will seize your vehicle and it will incur a charge to get it back.

“It’s also important not just to have insurance, but to have the correct insurance so that it meets your situation. There are more drivers using their vehicles for business reasons, so that needs to be covered in your policy.”

In December last year, Essex Police saw a 30% rise in uninsured vehicles being seized.

In addition to their vehicle being seized, uninsured motorists may also be reported for driving offences, resulting in a fine and receiving six points on their licence.

Sput Stinger added: “With an average of 80 cars a week during this period being seized, our work means fewer victims of uninsured and hit and run driving.

“But we’d rather not have to seize these vehicles because we know the devastating impact it could have on each and every motorist and potentially their livelihood.

“Instead, I would encourage every driver to check they have the correct level of coverage and valid motor insurance, today.”

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