Cleveland and Durham join national operation to stop uninsured drivers

 12/11/2018

Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit will today (November 12) join other police forces around the U​K to help remove uninsured drivers from the roads and protect road users.


Operation Drive Insured, which takes place for one week, will see officers out in force to stop uninsured drivers using the roads.


Uninsured drivers are often involved in a wide range of criminal activities. Every year there are hundreds of incidents where an uninsured driver is found without a driving licence or using an untaxed or stolen vehicle. Records also show a number of offenders are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


A high number of collisions involve uninsured drivers. In 2017, the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) received 11,000 claims from victims of uninsured drivers, with hundreds of people who had suffered catastrophic, life changing injuries.


MIB supports victims of uninsured and hit and run drivers by providing a last resort for claims and compensation. The annual cost to compensate these victims comes to over £100 million and is funded by the motor insurance premiums of all law-abiding motorists.


Inspector Darren Breslin, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Driving without insurance is unacceptable and puts road users in danger. Not only are uninsured drivers committing road traffic offences, but often they are also involved in committing other crime such as drugs offences. Denying them the use of the roads can prevent further crimes being carried out.  


“Officers will make use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology throughout this campaign to identify and stop motorists who may be uninsured. Any drivers found without insurance face having their vehicle seized on the spot, six points on their licence, a £300 fine and possible prosecution through court.”


Neil Drane, Head of Enforcement at MIB, said: “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 will play a significant support.”


If a member of the public suspects a person is driving without insurance, they can report it to their local police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.​