Wiltshire Police crack down on uninsured drivers in the county

Credit: ITV West Country

Wiltshire Police have announced a crackdown on uninsured drivers this week, up to Sunday 22 October.

Called Operation Drive Insured, it is co-ordinated through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and the National Road Policing Intelligence Forum (NRPIF) and is a national campaign that aims to clamp down on uninsured drivers who continue to try to avoid being caught.

Statistics from the MIB show that around 1 in 100 vehicles are driven without insurance - a sum that equates to more than 6000 vehicles registered across the county.

In 2016, Wiltshire Police seized nearly 1,000 vehicles that were being driven either without insurance or not in accordance with a licence.

In 2017 so far, over 850 have been seized for the same reasons, continuing the 30% year on year increase seen since 2015.

Over 50% of seized vehicles are crushed as a consequence.

Check if your vehicle has a valid insurance policy recorded on the MID, by visiting: askMID.com.Check whether someone else’s vehicle is insured in the event of an accident, by visiting: www.askmid.com/askmidenquiry.