Met crackdown on uninsured drivers

Scotland Yard has launched a massive crackdown on uninsured drivers.

A thousand officers have searched out drivers withoutcar insurance documents on London roads as Bernard Hogan-Howe, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, launched his first "Big Wing" day.

More than 500 cars have been seized and 66 people arrested in the day-long operation, which was devised by Mr Hogan-Howe to tackle other criminal activity.

Uninsured drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes and other crimes, Mr Hogan-Howe believes.

The seized vehicles face being sent to the crusher unless collected by their owners within 14 days.

Mr Hogan-Howe said: "This is the first of the operations I have asked for where officers across the Met will spend a dedicated day on a regular basis targeting uninsured drivers and those believed to be connected to crime.

"We know from experience approximately 80 per cent of uninsured drivers are criminals. They're also more likely to be involved in crashes and have unsafe cars so we're taking this action to make London's roads safer."

Copyright © Press Association 2011