Cars Behind Bars

Staffordshire Police are cracking down on uninsured drivers to make Staffordshire a safer place.  Cars Behind Bars is the latest of ambitious plans the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has announced.  If you drive without insurance on our roads you are breaking the law and could face your car being seized on-the-spot and could face a large fine.

Below are a selection of cars which have been seized in Staffordshire for having no insurance as part of Cars Behind Bars.

 

Mr Ellis said: “The zero tolerance approach on insurance dodgers has proved very popular – people I’ve spoken to across Staffordshire are so enthusiastic about this crackdown.

“People who drive without insurance can’t hide in Staffordshire. They are being caught and dealt with by having their cars seized and, in some cases, scrapped.

“It seems that the message is well and truly hitting home – with the number of insured motorists on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent roads rising significantly.

“This is a job well done by officers so far who have taken up this challenge with gusto.

“It’s about fairness for law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of these law-breakers. Further good news is that we’ve had an offer from at least one insurance company to begin discussions on insurance premium discounts for Staffordshire postcodes with the greatest successes.”

Cars Behind Bars uses Staffordshire’s extensive automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system that identifies those flouting the law.

Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: “In seconds the ANPR system identifies vehicles that are uninsured, as well as those that have no tax or suspected of being involved in other crimes.”

The fixed penalty fine for people who are caught without insurance increased nationally from £200 to £300 in August. Motorists also face their car being seized, could be summoned to court and be disqualified, and an endorsement of six penalty points. Drivers re-claiming their car when they have proof of insurance have to pay £150 car recovery costs plus £20 per day storage.