Clamp down targets uninsured drivers
A new police campaign on uninsured drivers in London is warning motorists that they risk facing having their cars seized and crushed.
London mayor Boris Johnson clambered onto a vehicle squashed into a cube shape and wrapped in a gift bow outside New Scotland Yard to highlight the possible fate that awaited drivers who take to the roads without insurance.
Johnson's stunt was designed to promote Operation Cubo, a large-scale initiative involving more than 1,250 officers, which is targeting drivers likely to be involved in criminal activity.
Luxury vehicles including Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porsches and a Lamborghinis have already been caught in the sting and will be auctioned off..
Driving uninsured is financially dangerous, leaving motorists potentially liable for large repair fees in the event of a crash.
Approximately four out of five uninsured drivers are criminals and such drivers carry a higher crash risk, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said.
"Don't drive a car uninsured in London. We've seized 44,000 cars this year - that's a third more than we've ever seized, the largest in the country," he added.
"We've managed to sell lots of them and got £1m for the public good. We've crushed some of them, as you can see, so they don't get them back."
published: 19/12/2012 17:00:00