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232 motorists charged and vehicles seized in police crackdown on driving without insurance

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More than 230 drivers have been snared by police in a crackdown on uninsured vehicles across Scotland.

The force teamed up with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) to catch offenders in Scotland for the operation which targeted “hotspot areas” in the country.

A total of 232 motorists were charged for having no insurance and many had their cars “removed” from the roads.

Officers from the Roads Policing Division carried out mobile and static road checks on vehicles.

Uninsured drivers are said to have been detected with the help of the motor insurance database, which contains records of all the UK’s vehicle insurance policies.

Police Scotland’s deputy head of road policing Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: “These detections demonstrate there are still some drivers who choose not to pay for adequate insurance cover.

“Although the campaign has now ended, this remains a focus and we will continue to search for drivers using uninsured vehicles which we will seize when appropriate.”

The MIB’s head of enforcement Neil Drane added: “Uninsured drivers wreak havoc and devastate the lives of thousands of people each year.

“This enforcement campaign has been successful in removing a number of dangerous uninsured drivers, but these efforts are ongoing.

“We will continue to work in partnership with Police Scotland and build on this success to bring justice for the many honest road users who are impacted.”

Uninsured drivers face having their vehicles seized, six points on their licence, £300 fines or prosecution in court.

A further Police Scotland crackdown on driving standards is taking place this week.

If a member of the public suspects a person is driving without insurance, they can report it to their local police force or anonymously to CrimeStoppers.

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