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Illegal drivers will get crushing blow

PUBLISHED: 12:15 28 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:45 05 July 2010

Drivers who do not have insurance or a licence risk losing their car to the crusher

Drivers who do not have insurance or a licence risk losing their car to the crusher

POLICE in Suffolk have issued a firm warning to motorists driving illegally that their cars will be seized and crushed.

In the first four months of this year, Suffolk police seized 623 vehicles as part of an ongoing campaign to clamp down on drivers who are breaking the law by driving without insurance or a valid driving licence and 165 cars have been crushed.

POLICE in Suffolk have issued a firm warning to motorists driving illegally that their cars will be seized and crushed.

In the first four months of this year, Suffolk police seized 623 vehicles as part of an ongoing campaign to clamp down on drivers who are breaking the law by driving without insurance or a valid driving licence and 165 cars have been crushed.

By law, police can immediately seize vehicles which are being used by uninsured or unlicensed drivers. Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) systems, which are in many marked and unmarked police cars, can alert officers to motorists who are on the road illegally.

From January 1 to April 30 this year, 585 of the vehicles seized by Suffolk police were being driven without insurance and 231 were for both offences of driving without insurance and without a valid licence. Forty-six people were arrested.

Between January and the end of May this year, Norfolk police seized 760 cars, 277 of which were then crushed.

If police seize a vehicle, it is taken to a secure compound for 14 days to give the driver a chance to produce a valid insurance document and licence. If not, the vehicle will be crushed.

Suffolk roads policing and support inspector Alex Morrison said: "Not only are these motorists driving illegally, but they often have vehicles that are not roadworthy, which could become involved in collisions causing harm or worse to other law-abiding motorists.

“Research has shown that there is a clear link between criminality and offenders who commit vehicle- document offences. This enforcement campaign is a powerful means of disrupting criminal activity and denying criminals use of the road.”

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