A CAMPAIGN cracking down on car insurance dodgers in Staffordshire has seen police place 1,250 cars ‘behind bars’.
The initiative, introduced by Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, has seen cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, lorries and even a tractor seized – with many vehicles scrapped – since launching in May 2013.
Commissioner Ellis said the ‘zero tolerance’ approach had proved very popular with people across the county.
“It’s definitely struck a chord with law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of these law-breakers,” he said. “Over 1,250 people have already had to learn their lesson the hard way.
“Those who drive without insurance can’t hide in Staffordshire.
“They are being caught and dealt with by having their vehicles seized and, in some cases, scrapped.”
The scheme indentifies drivers flouting the law using electronic automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).
Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: “In seconds the ANPR system identifies vehicles that are uninsured, as well as those that have no tax or suspected of being involved in other crimes.
“As well as specific operations, it’s also part of daily activities for officers to seek out and target those committing these offences.”
The fixed penalty fine for people who are caught without insurance £300 with motorists also facing having their car seized, a court summons and an endorsement of six penalty points.
Drivers re-claiming their car when they have proof of insurance have to pay £150 car recovery costs plus £20 per day storage.