The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has joined forces with the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum to launch a week of enforcement activity focusing on uninsured drivers.
Under ‘Operation Drive Insured’ (17-23 Oct) police forces across the UK will put the spotlight on the issue of uninsured driving and its impact. The initiative will demonstrate how police are working with partners to tackle the issue and significantly increase the number of uninsured vehicles that are seized.
To mark the start of the campaign, the MIB has published data showing the top 20 postal districts for uninsured driving, with the top five all located in the West Midlands. In total, the West Midlands has 11 out of the 20 top hotspots.
Despite not having any postal districts in the top 20, the statistics show that London has the highest number of uninsured vehicles. Of the 3.1m vehicles in the capital, an estimated 191,000 (6.1%) are believed to be uninsured.
Across the UK, MIB estimates that one in every 38 vehicles is being driven uninsured.
Neil Drane, head of enforcement services at MIB, said: “Nationally, we have managed to reduce the estimated total number of uninsured drivers from two million in 2005 to one million now. However, this figure is still too high and is a burden on all honest motorists.”
Detective Superintendent Paul Keasey, the National Police Chiefs Council’s head of National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum, said: “This awareness week will see police operations mounted across many areas of the UK targeting potential uninsured drivers, including daily operations in the West Midlands and London where we know the problem is acute in some areas.
“With ever-improving technology including the police’s widespread use of ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) the message from all our police forces is: you will be caught.”
Last month, MIB released a new video, the second phase of its ‘Gone in Seconds’ campaign, to remind drivers that car insurance is a legal requirement.
The new video was launched alongside MIB figures which show that on average every three days someone is involved in a collision with an uninsured or ‘hit and run’ driver, which will ultimately lead to a fatality.