Warning over uninsured driving

Motorists have been warned about getting behind the wheel without insurance, after figures show police seize about 500 uninsured vehicles every day.

Vauxhall Astras are the most seized uninsured cars, followed by the BMW 3 Series models, according to the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

The statistics are based on calls to police helpline. The Motor Insurance Database is used by police to identify motorists who take to the road without car insurance.

Such drivers may face vehicle seizure, a minimum of six licence penalty points and a fixed fine of £200.

Drivers who have their cars seized will also be liable for £150 in recovery fees and still have to prove they have insurance before they can get their vehicles back.

MIB chief executive Ashton West said: "We are working with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to introduce the continuous insurance enforcement scheme and expect to reduce the numbers of uninsured drivers on UK roads even further."

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