South Yorkshire Police in new crackdown on uninsured vehicles on the roads

Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson with a seized car at Rotherham police station
Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson with a seized car at Rotherham police station

Uninsured cars seized in South Yorkshire have been put on display outside police stations as part of a new crackdown.

Police chiefs hope it will serve as a warning to drivers that their cars will be seized and scrapped if they are unable to provide proof of ownership and a valid insurance document.

A seized car on display at Snig HIll police station in Sheffield

A seized car on display at Snig HIll police station in Sheffield

In a new crackdown this summer, police officers will be carrying out random stop checks and using automatic number plate recognition cameras to look for uninsured vehicles.

Officers will also carry out instant roadside insurance checks to establish whether drivers have cover and those without will have their vehicles towed away.

Over the last 12 months, 3,224 uninsured vehicles were found on South Yorkshire roads.

Sergeant Lee Beck, of South Yorkshire Police, said those caught without insurance will have six penalty points added to their driving licence and be fined £300.

This van was seized in Skellow, Doncaster, on Tuesday for having no insurance

This van was seized in Skellow, Doncaster, on Tuesday for having no insurance

New drivers, with less than two years' experience, will have to re-sit their test.

"There are a number of factors why people don't have insurance - it often comes down to money but some also don't have a licence or MOT certificate so they know they won't be able to get cover," said Sgt Beck.

"Unfortunately there are a number of people who have no concept that driving a car without insurance is unacceptable but if we find them we will use our powers under the Road Traffic Act to seize their vehicles.

"They will then have seven days to provide proof of ownership, their driving licence and insurance certificate or their vehicle will be disposed of.

"People need to think about the consequences of their actions. Often uninsured vehicles are unroadworthy so they pose a risk to the driver and others on the roads.

"Uninsured vehicles also pose a risk to those who might end up involved in collisions with them, in terms of those drivers ending up out of pocket through no fault of their own if they end up having to pay for their own repairs.

"The drivers of uninsured vehicles also need to realise that should they be involved in a serious incident, such as a collision in which somebody dies, they will face serious charges."