January 6, 2011

500 cars seized daily

Around 500 uninsured cars are seized by police every day, according to industry figures.
And the most commonly seized vehicle is the Vauxhall Astra, the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) says, accounting for almost one-in-five cars. In second place is the BMW 3 series, while the Vauxhall Vectra, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Corsa complete the top five.
The figures are being used by the MIB – which deals with claims by victims of accidents involving uninsured drivers, or those who failed to stop – to highlight its suggestion that people “traditionally push any personal financial commitments to the back of their mind over the festive period”. It accompanies the launch of a new online video banner, fronted by presenter Natalie Pinkham, which warns of the consequences of driving without insurance.
In addition to vehicle seizure, uninsured drivers face a minimum of six penalty points on their licence, and a £200 fixed penalty. Meanwhile, those who have their cars seized must pay a £150 release fee – in addition to proving that they have insurance – to get their vehicle back.

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