UNINSURED drivers are being targeted by police as part of a week-long crackdown.
As part of Op Drive Insured West Midlands Police has teamed up with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) during Road Safety Week, which runs from November 20 to 26.
During the week, officers will stop and check vehicles for insurance and warning motorists of the consequences of uninsured driving.
The force says the region has some of the highest levels of uninsured vehicles in the country, with 6,444 vehicles seized for no insurance so far this year – that’s one vehicle seized every 70 minutes.
Chief Inspector Rebecca Barnsley said: “Uninsured drivers are a menace to our roads and communities, and we will not tolerate their reckless behaviour. Their actions endanger lives and cost the economy billions annually.
“They cause more collisions, inflict immense physical, emotional, and financial damage, and are often linked to serious crimes. We are committed to removing them from our roads and making our streets safer for everyone.
“This campaign is crucial to eradicating these dangerous motorists and making our roads safer. We urge all motorists to check their insurance is valid and their vehicles are roadworthy to protect lives and prevent accidents.”
Every year, more than 130 people are killed on Britain’s roads by uninsured drivers.
Motor vehicle insurance is a legal requirement and those caught driving without insurance could face a fine of up to £1,000 and six penalty points on their licence.
Anyone with information about an uninsured vehicle on the road, should report it to police online or by calling 101.