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Clamp down targets uninsured drivers

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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

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