AN ONGOING crackdown on car insurance dodgers has put 500 'cars behind bars' in just three months.
Instigated by Staffordshire's police commissioner Matthew Ellis, the zero tolerance approach on insurance dodgers uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to identify uninsured vehicles and those that have no tax or are suspected of being involved in other crimes.
Mr Ellis said the scheme - which has seen hundreds of cars seized and some set to be scrapped - was about 'fairness' for law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of people flouting the law.
Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: “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 caught without insurance is set to increase nationally from £200 to £300 this summer with motorists facing having their car seized, being summoned to court and being disqualified, 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.