Police Scotland is putting the spotlight on uninsured drivers this week by highlighting the consequences of being on the wrong side of the law.
Through Operation Drive Insured Scotland (22-28 January), police forces are showing how their officers are working alongside key partners to tackle the issue – including the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
The campaign includes enforcement activity from Police Scotland, using intelligence to target potential uninsured drivers and hotspots.
The campaign also aims to highlight some of the common myths about motor insurance including those surrounding ‘fronting’. It reminds motorists that the policyholder should always be the most frequent user of the vehicle, and the named ‘main driver’ on the insurance policy.
Other myths ‘debunked’ include those concerning driving other vehicles and driving to or for work.
Chief superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said: “This campaign will be delivered through a combination of mobile and static road checks, involving all road policing officers across Scotland with support from divisional colleagues across the entire country.
“Officers will be using the latest intelligence to target potential uninsured drivers and hotspots, and by doing this we hope to minimise the inconvenience caused to the general public while maximising the effectiveness of the operation.
“Ultimately, the honest motorist is penalised by having to pay higher premiums as a result of claims arising from uninsured losses.
“Campaigns such as Operation Drive Insured aim to decrease this negative impact for all honest motorists while contributing to the overall safety of our roads.”
Paul Bennett, MIB’s national police liaison officer, said: “Police Scotland are extremely proactive about tackling uninsured driving. In the last three years alone they have seized nearly 23,000 uninsured vehicles.
“This is the second year running for Op Drive Insured with Police Scotland and we want to use this as an opportunity to highlight the importance of making sure that you are correctly insured for each and every journey you take.”