Seized cars put on show to highlight insurance message

By Antony Clay | 02/06/2017

Seized cars put on show to highlight insurance message
Chief Insp Paul Ferguson with one of the seized cars outside Main Street police station, Rotherham

GET insurance for your car or it will be seized — that is the no nonsense message from the county’s cops.

To raise awareness of the hard-hitting approach, three cars seized and impounded by officers have been parked outside three county police stations to get the message across to the public.

The vehicles have been put on display outside Main Street in Rotherham, College Road in Doncaster, and Snig Hill in Sheffield.

Police hope that the displayed vehicles will show the large number of cars, vans and bikes officers seized for having no insurance.

In the past 12 months, police have seized 3,224 vehicles from across South Yorkshire after the drivers were found to not have valid insurance documents.

The latest action is part of a new campaign that aims to highlight how driving without insurance is not only against the law, but causes dangers to insured road users and leaves offenders with a hefty six points on their licence and a fine.

In response, police will be continuing to conduct patrols to check the validity of insurance paperwork and take action to seize cars from drivers who are found with no insurance.

The cars will remain outside the police buildings for the next few weeks.

Chief Insp Paul Ferguson said: “We are launching our campaign to raise public awareness around the importance of insuring your car.

“I hope that the cars we have unveiled in front of Main Street, College Road and Snig Hill will be a strong visual reminder to people that we do have powers to seize your car if it is not properly insured.

“Insurance is important because it gives all road users the reassurance that, if they are involved in a collision, other drivers are properly covered.

“Seizing cars is also one way in which we can take assets away from those who commit crime and reduce their ability to further offend.

“It’s not just old bangers that we look out for, but all makes and models of car that don’t have insurance.

“So our message is, sort out your insurance if you haven’t already done so.”

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