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Uninsured Halton drivers could have their cars crushed, warn police
Cheshire Police is warning that if you drive a car without insurance, you risk a heavy fine and even losing your car.
So far, 102 cars have been seized as part of a month-long operation and face being crushed.
Research shows there could be as many as 20,000 people driving on Cheshire′s roads without any insurance.
Chief Inspector Richard Reeves said: "Throughout September officers across Cheshire are focussing on making sure these people are caught and dealt with appropriately in a bid to get the message home that driving without insurance is not and will not be accepted.
"The increasing cost of insurance premiums is affected by the number of claims made every year from people who have been involved in collisions with uninsured drivers."
The fixed penalty fine has recently risen by £100 to £300.
Seized vehicles not reclaimed by their owners within 14 days can be crushed or sold at auction, with any proceeds re-invested in frontline policing.
Insp Reeves added: "Being involved in a road traffic collision is stressful enough but to then learn that the other driver is not insured just adds further upset and complications to the whole process. I know it is a crime that most law abiding citizens are concerned about and I would encourage anyone who suspects a person is driving without insurance to contact police and we will use the powers we have to make sure they are dealt with appropriately."
If you know of someone who is committing insurance fraud, you can contact the Insurance Fraud Bureau to report them by telephone on 0800 422 0421, or online at insurancefraudbureau.org/report. You can also contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.
The penalties for driving without insurance: • Vehicle seized by police • £300 fixed penalty • £150 plus £20/day to recover the vehicle • Six penalty points and/or disqualification • PLUS proof of insurance before the vehicle can be returned • Seized vehicles which are not claimed within 14 days can be sold or crushed