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Police Scotland Targets Uninsured Drivers

Police Scotland is currently running a joint operation with the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) to tackle uninsured driving on Scotland’s roads. 

Operation Drive Insured Scotland will run from 22 – 28 January 2018 and aims to significantly reduce the number of uninsured vehicles on the roads.

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland explained that the initiative will use a combination of mobile and static road checks and will involve all Road Policing officers across Scotland as well as divisional colleagues across the entire country.

"Officers will be using the latest intelligence to target potential uninsured drivers and hotspots, and by doing this we hope to minimise the inconvenience caused to the general public while maximising the effectiveness of the operation,” said Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle. “Ultimately, the honest motorist is penalised by having to pay higher premiums as a result of claims arising from uninsured losses. Campaigns such as Operation Drive Insured aim to decrease this negative impact for all honest motorists while contributing to the overall safety of our roads.”

Figures from the MIB show that of the 142,000 vehicles seized in the UK in 2017, 8,065 were seized by Police Scotland.

If you have been charged with driving without insurance then you should seek expert legal advice immediately, as the consequences of being convicted can be serious and include:

  • having your vehicle seized,
  • six penalty points on your driving licence,
  • a fixed penalty of £300, and
  • a fee to release your car.

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