ENSURE YOU’RE INSURED: West Midlands Police warn motorists to insure their cars or risk losing them
West Midlands Police warn motorists to insure their cars or risk losing them.
The warning from WMP is stark as they say 'insure it or lose it' as they launch Operation Tutelage, alongside the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB), to trace those who are breaking the law and order them to get insured.
If their system detects that a vehicle is uninsured they will be sending a letter to the registered keeper, advising them to do so or risk having it seized.
The approach has been successfully used in ensuring people insure their vehicles in other police forces areas around the country. Around two-thirds have insured their motors after being notified.
The scheme has been on a 4 month pilot in the West Midlands with 3,500 notices having been sent out already.
Superintendent Richard Agar, from West Midlands Road Policing, said: "There is not only a legal but moral responsibility to ensure your vehicle is insured.
"We know the last 12 months have been like nothing we’ve experienced before but the pandemic is no excuse for breaking the law.
"We’re following a national approach, in partnership with the MIB, and reminding people of their responsibilities. There could be a genuine discrepancy for a vehicle not showing as insured.
"But we will seize cars and pursue further action against those who deliberately avoid insuring their vehicles and our warning."
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