Grampian Police, together with Scotland’s other forces, carried out a period of enforcement targeting uninsured drivers and vehicles this week.
The ACPOS-led campaign ran from 7am on Tuesday 3rd April until 7am on Friday 6 April 2012.
Officers were out across the Force area and made full use of existing ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology to cross check vehicles with the Motor Insurance Bureau and DVLA records.
While figures are still being collated, at least fourteen motorists have been reported in this very short period alone for driving without insurance. The final figure will unfortunately be higher.
Sergeant Jon Barron, of the Force’s Road Policing Department said, “These motorists now have to face the consequences of their ill-judged and selfish actions. It will hit them hard financially and, if they do not obtain the required insurance cover in the very near future, they may have to cope with the loss of their vehicle.”
“I would like to remind members of the public to let us know of anyone who they suspect may be driving without insurance. This can be done directly to their local Police station or to the Force Service Centre on 0845 600 5 700. If they prefer to remain anonymous, the information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
“It is in all our interests that we are made aware of those who choose to flout the law, who cause each and every law abiding motorist a hefty financial penalty on their own premiums and, importantly, risk the safety of everyone. While the specific campaign may have finished this morning, the scourge caused by uninsured motorists remains at the forefront of Officer’s activities while they are out on patrol. The intelligence and technology at our disposal ensure that they are still very much in our sights.”
The seriousness of the offence is reflected in the level of the maximum fine of £5,000, and the automatic endorsement of an offender’s licence with six to eight penalty points. The courts can also order the immediate disqualification of the offender.
Driving without insurance will result in the driver being issued with a £200 endorsable conditional offer of fixed penalty and six penalty points on their licence. The police also have the power to seize, and in some cases, destroy the vehicle that’s being driven uninsured.