27,000 Uninsured Cars Seized by Police ‘Just Tip of Iceberg’
Over 27,000 uninsured cars have been seized so far this year, figures show. The cars taken off the road by police forces across the country include two Ferraris, three Lamborghinis, 10 Bentleys and 40 Porsches.
The Metropolitan Police seized the largest number of cars at 9,935. This is twice the total of the constabulary with the second highest figure – West Yorkshire recorded 4,125. A total of 27,688 cars have been seized in 2015 so far.
Last year 70,430 cars were taken by the police.
The study was commissioned by Churchill Car Insurance which issued Freedom of Information requests to the UK’s police forces on June 2. The analysis is based on responses from the 23 forces that responded fully.
Steve Barrett, head of car insurance at Churchill Insurance, said: “This analysis exposes just the tip of the uninsured iceberg. Thousands upon thousands of motorists across the country are driving without insurance, which is truly terrifying. We need an urgent examination of the penalties for uninsured motoring, introducing sentences that are a real deterrent and that will keep these irresponsible motorists off the road.”
Some 1,892 of the seized cars have been sold at auction, raising just over £1 million. More than 6,736 vehicles have been crushed, generating a scrap value of over £600,000.