Cracking down on uninsured drivers

Tayside Police took part in a national campaign targeting uninsured drivers and inappropriate driving last weekend (August 27 and 28).

Eight drivers across Tayside were detected driving without insurance, one of which had no insurance and no driving licence.

Eight vehicles were seized during the campaign.

One driver is to be reported for dangerous driving and another for careless driving.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of Tayside’s Road Policing Unit, said:

“This campaign has again highlighted the unacceptably high number of drivers who are still prepared to risk driving vehicles without insurance or a driving licence.

“The implications and impact that the actions of these thoughtless individuals have on other road users, if they be unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision with them, can be absolutely devastating.

“Taking the conscious decision to risk driving without proper documentation is irresponsible enough. But to combine that with the consumption of alcohol is courting disaster. This was the scenario on Sunday when we fortunately stopped a 27-year-old man on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road, near Stracathro.

“Responding to a call from a concerned member of the public about his driving, our officers stopped the man and the subsequent roadside breath test showed he was over the limit.

“In addition, he had no driving licence. He was arrested and the vehicle he was using was seized.”

This kind of behaviour on the roads of Tayside will not be tolerated. While the specific campaign is now at and end, Tayside Police will continue its efforts to rid the roads of what are a small minority of selfish and thoughtless individuals.

Chief Inspector Bowman added: “We seized eight vehicles by virtue of the powers contained within Section 165A of The Road Traffic Act 1988 during the campaign. These powers allow us to seize vehicles being driven by those people who either have no insurance or no driving licence.

“The result is that we have taken eight drivers – drivers who were placing all of us, their families, friends and themselves at significant risk, off of our roads.

“The owners have been deprived of the use of these vehicles and will only get them back if they can produce satisfactory documents and pay a significant sum of money to have their vehicles returned. Otherwise, those vehicles may be scrapped.”

By taking these actions and through the support of the concerned law abiding community, Tayside Police can continue to reduce the level of risk to the public in Tayside. All of the drivers detected have been charged with road traffic offences and will now have to deal with the various penalties imposed upon them.