Car insurance crack-down nets almost 200 offenders

Police officers detected almost 200 motorists driving without insurance or a licence during a recent crackdown.

During the three day, Scotland-wide initiative, one driver in Perthshire was detected for using a vehicle with a defective handbrake and exhaust, the vehicle also had different sized tyres and wheels fitted to the same axle.

On the A9 near Berridale a tractor driver was stopped as the load he was carrying was not secure.

Officers also found several tyre defects on the tractor and trailer combination.

A man who took a vehicle without the owner’s consent was stopped in Ayr due to his manner of driving.

He was arrested and reported to the court for numerous offences including careless driving, driving with no insurance and defective tyres.

Inspector Ewan Innes of Police Scotland said: “This initiative has highlighted that some drivers still consider it is acceptable to use their vehicles on a road without insurance or a driving licence. The potential implications for other road users can be devastating. An insurance policy is there to assist members of the public when collisions happen.

“Many drivers think that they can take the risk and will not crash, experience shows otherwise and unfortunately they can happen at any time.

“It is bad enough if there is only damage to vehicles, they can be repaired or replaced.

“However if, as a result people suffer life changing injuries, the compensation from an insurance policy will be invaluable in providing some solace for their suffering. Driving without a licence is also likely to invalidate any insurance policy.

“Over the course of this three day initiative we have used the powers within Section 165A of The Road Traffic Act 1988 to remove vehicles from the roads. These owners have been deprived of the use of their vehicles and will have to pay a significant amount of money to have them returned, or they will be disposed of.

“Drivers who do not properly maintain their vehicles may be totally unaware of any developing, potentially serious defects. It is vital that vehicles are checked regularly and no just yearly if an MOT is required.

“All of the drivers detected have been charged with road traffic offences and will now have to deal with the financial penalties imposed upon them and the points endorsed on their licences.

“People who drive without a licence or insurance or who fail to properly maintain their vehicles pose a real danger to us all. They are in your community and I would urge you to report them. You can contact Police Scotland on 101, or information can be passed to us anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”