Police issue 4,000 Letters in Crackdown on Uninsured Vehicles

Driving uninsured is not an invisible crime

  • Over 4,000 letters have been sent by the Road Policing Unit so far this year to motorists who have been detected driving without insurance in Bedfordshire.  

The figure has been shared as part of a national Drive Insured campaign this month to highlight that driving without insurance is not an invisible crime.

In total, 4,094 letters have been issued by the force as part of Operation Tutelage since the start of the year with 62% of recipients subsequently taking out insurance.

Acting Detective Sergeant Justin Smyth, from the Road Policing Unit, said, “For some people, insuring their vehicle has slipped their mind and we thank everyone who has taken the right steps to insure their vehicle after receiving a letter.

"Driving without insurance is not a matter of out of sight, out of mind. It is a crime we can easily detect and we will take action.

“Contacting motorists in this way is a positive and proactive way to help improve the safety of the county’s roads, allowing officers to focus resources on tackling persistent offenders who intentionally drive without insurance.”

Motorists driving without insurance face a minimum fine of £300 and six penalty points on their license. Check your vehicle is insured via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau database.

An uninsured vehicle can be seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act 1988  if it is stopped by the police on a road or public place without a valid policy of insurance. 

The vehicle would not be released until a valid policy of insurance has been produced and a release fee paid (including the recovery fee and storage charges).  

After 14 days the vehicle will be disposed of to recover the costs of recovery. 

For more information about Operation Tutelage, please visit the uninsured vehicles page on the force’s website.

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