Sunday, 10 June 2012

Brum Car Clampdown Nabs 20 Drivers

By Ben Aulakh

A Birmingham clampdown on uninsured drivers netted 20 offenders at various locations across the city in the last month.

Officers from the force's traffic department, along with officers from Birmingham East Police, carried out a 13-hour enforcement operation in the city.

Using automated number plate recognition technology, officers were able to identify those vehicles being driven by suspected criminals and uninsured drivers.

Sergeant Andy Webber of the West Midlands Police traffic department said, “The operation was a real success and as a result we have removed a number of uninsured motorists from the road.

“The aim of operations such as these is to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on our roads and ensure the safety of other road users.”

Research suggests that drivers in the West Midlands have to pay more every year on their premiums to fund motorists who don't arrange insurance cover.

All the vehicles caught in the clampdown were seized by police, the motorists caught in the clampdown were also given six points on their licence and had to pay £150 for recovery and storage costs.

The offenders will also have to provide a valid insurance certificate before their vehicles are released.

Sgt Webber added, “We would like to send out a clear message that if you are someone who drives an uninsured vehicle you are highly likely to be caught during one of our police operations.”

In addition to the seizure of 20 uninsured vehicles, officers arrested seven individuals for a variety of  other offences.

A total of four individuals were arrested for driving while disqualified, two people were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs and one person was arrested on suspicion of fraud.

One man, wanted by Cumbria Police on suspicion of theft, was also detained by officers, and a number of minor traffic offences were dealt with by way of education and fixed penalty fines.

Further afield in the West Midlands, three more uninsured cars were seized by patrolling traffic officers not directly involved in the city clampdown.

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