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Police operation to target uninsured drivers in North Yorkshire

Police operation to target uninsured drivers in North Yorkshire

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:03am 14th January 2020. (Updated at 11:06am 14th January 2020)

Uninsured motorists are being targeted and their vehicles seized in a special police operation in North Yorkshire.

  • Operation Belt is running throughout January. 
  • North Yorkshire Police say they want to get as many drivers who are not insured off the roads as possible.  
  • The force will be carrying out checks at a range of locations.  

A police spokesperson says officers say they will “get as many illegal drivers off the road as possible” during the days of action in January.

Uninsured drivers are already routinely detected and caught across the county using a range of methods and technology.

However, North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group will be co-ordinating its resources to target as many uninsured motorists as possible on certain days and at a range of locations across the county.

'Operation Belt' 

The activity is codenamed Operation Belt.

Locations and tactics are not being publicised by North Yorkshire Police.

The force says there's been a rise in serious and fatal collisions involving uninsured motorists nationally.

Many drive without a licence, or in unroadworthy vehicles, and are frequently linked to other forms of criminality.

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Traffic Sergeant Mark Patterson, North Yorkshire Police:

“Tackling uninsured drivers makes North Yorkshire safer for everyone, and our aim is to take as many off the road as possible.

But a lack of insurance is often just the start – a number of other offences typically unravel when we stop and investigate these drivers.

They might be people who can’t buy insurance because don’t even have a driving licence, or they might be involved in criminal networks such as drugs or theft.

My message to all uninsured drivers is simple – we’re onto you.

The tactics and technology we’ll be using will be virtually impossible to evade.

If you drive without insurance, we will catch you, we will seize your vehicle and you could start 2020 with an extremely costly court appearance. It’s really not worth the risk.”

In 2018 the Motor Insurance Bureau recorded 26,000 personal injury claims relating to collisions involving uninsured drivers – equivalent to one person in the UK being injured every 20 minutes.

Uninsured drivers also cause a disproportionately high level of fatalities with more than 130 people killed by an uninsured or untraced ‘hit and run’ driver each year.

Almost 133,000 uninsured vehicles were seized across the UK in 2018.