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One millionth uninsured car seized
The Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) Police in Britain have seized the one millionth uninsured car in a crackdown that began seven years ago.
Police were given powers to stop vehicles identified as being driven without a car insurance policy in 2005 - and since the scheme began, an average of 500 cars have been seized each day, with an estimated 30 per cent of which having been crushed.
"A million seized cars is great news, yet there are still an estimated 1.2 million vehicles on Britain's roads being driven without cover. That's around one out of every 25," Simon Douglas of the AA told the London Evening Standard.
"The MIB," he continued, "which provides compensation to innocent victims involved in collisions with uninsured drivers and drivers who fail to stop, is doing great work with the police and community leaders to get through to persistent offenders.
"Every year, uninsured drivers kill 160 and injure 23,000 innocent people. What's more, the cost of the work carried out by the MIB adds around £33 to every honestly bought car insurance policy. It is not a victimless crime."
Police identify uninsured vehicles using automatic number plate recognition, which runs registration numbers against the MIB motor insurance database.
While the one millionth seizure represents a significant milestone for the initiative, James Dalton, head of motor insurance at the Association of British Insurers, said there's still more work to be done.
"Reducing the menace of uninsured driving remains a priority for insurers. As well as being a danger on the roads, the cost of crashes caused by uninsured drivers pushes up the insurance premiums of honest motorists," he said.
"Today's announcement that the police have seized their one millionth uninsured vehicle shows what can be achieved when the Government and industry work together to crack down on the unnecessary costs facing all motorists."