Clamp down on disqualified drivers by police

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Tayside Division police officers are clamping down on disqualified drivers and those driving without insurance or other necessary documentation.

Two drivers were traced by road policing officers, in the space of just two days, for having no insurance, one who had no driving licence and two who had committed MoT offences.

Two other drivers were traced using their mobile phone while behind the wheel and two other drivers were guilty of not wearing a seatbelt.

Although some people may think that not having correct documentation has little impact on road safety, it can be indicative of a vehicle that is poorly maintained and in poor condition, as well as a general driver attitude that has little regard for the rules of the road.

The implications of using a vehicle on public roads without the appropriate insurance should be apparent to everyone.

There are clear financial implications for law abiding motorists who can incur inflated premiums to compensate for those who choose to avoid insuring the vehicles they are using.

Similarly, there are the costs incurred when a collision involves an uninsured driver.

Where that collision involves serious injury, or death, the physical and mental implications of what can be a protracted legal process can have a detrimental effect on those involved.

Inspector Grant Edward of Tayside divisional roads policing unit, said: “Disqualified drivers have been deemed by a court of law not to be on our roads.

“Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car when they are banned and not legally entitled to do so represents a real danger to every other road user.

“Such actions will not be tolerated by the police and we would urge the public to share that view. Indeed, we are very appreciative of the support and assistance we receive from the public - If you know someone who is driving while disqualified, tell us before they ruin lives.

“Similarly, if someone you are aware of is driving without the correct documentation, be it a driving licence, an MoT certificate, or a lack of insurance, please tell us.

“Information is of great assistance - a name and address, vehicle registration and a description is all extremely helpful.

“We have powers we will utilise to seize any vehicle used by unlicensed or uninsured driver.’’

Anyone who has information that could be of assistance to Police Scotland should call 101. In an emergency dial 999.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.