Millionth Uninsured Vehicle Seized

Posted on: 15 November 2012

Millionth uninsured vehicle seized as UK’s hotspots revealed 

On 21 August 2012 a driver in Bordesley Green, Birmingham became the millionth motorist in the UK to have his vehicle seized. A number of other motorists were also ordered to stop as police conducted an operation to disrupt criminal activity in the area.

The police have sustained operations since they were granted powers to seize uninsured vehicles in 2005 and of the 400 vehicles that are now seized each day, it is estimated that 30% are crushed.

Bordesley (B9) in Birmingham has been identified as the worst UK hotspot for uninsured driving and continues to dominate the hotspot ranks with eight times the number of motorists driving vehicles without insurance compared to the national average.

New research* undertaken amongst communities in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire highlights that a third of people still do not understand the current laws on car insurance, so are risking fines of up to £5,000; points on their licence and having their cars seized by police. Some of the reasons cited by motorists living in these hotspot areas, include: the cost of motor insurance, not understanding the law and penalties, and a belief that they'll get away with it.

Across the UK, there are currently an estimated 1.2 million uninsured drivers and the West Midlands makes up more than 60% of the top 20 worst postcodes in the country, followed by West Yorkshire making up 25%.

Ashton West, Chief Executive at MIB said: "Although we have made significant progress in recent years with the level of uninsured driving having reduced by 30%, we still need to tackle some persistent offenders. That is why we are working with police and community leaders to engage people in these areas and improve their understanding and awareness of the law as well as the consequences.”
He continues, "When you talk to people, it's clear they have little tolerance for the uninsured motorist and want to see more being done. Overall the signs are promising, particularly when police enforcement and awareness is combined with the recently introduced scheme for continuous insurance.”

Uninsured motoring is being tackled by police on-road patrolling, combined with the introduction in June 2011 of the Continuous Insurance Enforcement law, which is the systematic comparison of the Motor Insurance Database (MID) and the DVLA registered keeper records. Vehicles being kept without insurance are being systematically identified and the keeper is sent an early warning letter, which will result in fines of up to £1,000 and other penalties such as seizure if no action is taken.

A free service for drivers to check that their vehicle is recorded on the MID is available at http://www.askmid.com/.

The UK's top 20 uninsured driving hotspots can be seen in the table below or by clicking here for a hotspots map

Ranking

Postal district

Approximate postal district name

Police area

Index

1

B 9

Bordesley, Birmingham

West Midlands

7.85

2

B 10

Small Heath, Birmingham

West Midlands

7.01

3

BD 9

Fritzinghall and Heaton, Bradford

West Yorkshire

6.55

4

B 18

Winson Green, Birmingham

West Midlands

6.52

5

BD 8

Whitefield, Bradford

West Yorkshire

6.47

6

M 12

West Gorton, Manchester

Greater Manchester

6.45

7

B 8

Saltley, Birmingham

West Midlands

6.24

8

B 11

Tyseley, Birmingham

West Midlands

5.99

9

B 21

Handsworth, Birmingham

West Midlands

5.83

10

B 6

Aston, Birmingham

West Midlands

5.68

11

BD 3

Barkerend, Bradford

West Yorkshire

5.61

12

B 12

Balsall Heath, Birmingham

West Midlands

5.36

13

HX 1

Town centre, Halifax

West Yorkshire

5.32

14

B 19

Lozells, Birmingham

West Midlands

5.13

15

B 66

Smethwick, Birmingham

West Midlands

4.92

16

B 7

Nechells Park, Birmingham

West Midlands

4.79

17

N 18

Upper Edmonton, London

Metropolitan

4.74

18

WV 2

All Saints, Wolverhampton

West Midlands

4.71

19

BD 7

Great Horton, Bradford

West Yorkshire

4.69

20

M 8

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

Greater Manchester

4.67