Clamping down on uninsured drivers

ELEVEN people were detected driving without valid insurance during a recent four-day Tayside Police campaign to clamp down on unlicensed and uninsured vehicles.

As part of a national campaign that provided education and enforcement in respect of uninsured and unlicensed driving, other offences that impact on road safety, such as speeding, seat belts and mobile phone offences were also targeted.

Tayside Police also detected 67 perople travelling in excess of the speed limit, while 19 were detected for failing to wear a seat-belt and eight were detected for using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of the road policing unit, said: “This campaign once again highlights that there are still far too many motorists taking a risk and using their vehicles without statutory documents.

“This is completely unacceptable to the law abiding motorist.

“Whilst this particular campaign is concluded I assure you that Tayside Police and our colleagues across Scotland will continue to take enforcement action regarding these offences and use the powers contained within The Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 165A to seize vehicles on an ongoing 24 hour basis every day of the year to try and reduce the danger caused by these persons on our roads.

“Whilst the vehicles can be reclaimed if statutory documents are subsequently produced and the seizure fees are paid, many are not and are simply crushed, again removing potentially dangerous vehicles from the roads.

“It is important to remember that Tayside Police will continue to deal with these offences routinely and robustly.

“I would emphasise that it is the individual responsibility of every owner and driver of a vehicle to make sure that all statutory documents are in order.

“Please do not be caught out. Ensure that your documents are always up to date and that you are fully entitled to use the vehicle that you are driving.

“If not, you risk receiving a financial penalty, having your driving licence endorsed and potentially losing your vehicle as well. The message is - Don’t risk it.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about someone anyone using their vehicles in this way to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or pass the information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”