During a week-long operation earlier this month targeting uninsured drivers, officers seized 131 cars across Greater Manchester, with a further 212 reported for various traffic offences.

130 people are killed each year by uninsured drivers on Britain’s roads. Officers were out at multiple checkpoints across the force, targeting those who drive illegally and taking their vehicles off the road in order to make the roads of Greater Manchester safer.

Insurance is essential in ensuring that those on the road have financial protection should they become involved in a road traffic collision, as well as ensuring that the process after an accident is properly managed, such as arranging for a vehicle to be towed and repaired, a replacement vehicle being organised and any negotiation needed with other parties involved. Those who drive without insurance are putting others at risk and are less likely to be a responsible driver. Figures have shown that those who drive uninsured are ten times more likely to be a convicted drink driver, six times more likely to be driving a defective vehicle and 4 to 5 times more likely to be involved in a fatal RTC.

Inspector Joseph Barron of GMP’s Safer Transport Coordination Unit, said: “Taking people off the road who have no regard for the safety of others or the legal requirements needed to drive a vehicle is essential to ensuring that we can reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Greater Manchester, a goal which all my officers are committed to achieving.

“The positive results from last month’s operation, which also included nine arrests and 33 cars being prohibited due to not being road worthy, sends the message that it is a crime that will not go unnoticed and that offenders will have to face the consequences – be that a fine, penalty points on their license, having their vehicle seized or being disqualified from driving.

“Action against uninsured driving continues, and I would ask members of the public to assist us by reporting cars they suspect are being driven without insurance via our website – www.gmp.police.uk.”


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