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Police issue warning to drivers after 350 cars are crushed

One of the seized cars is crushed

One of the seized cars is crushed

Police have crushed 350 vehicles across Staffordshire in the last few months because drivers had no insurance or licence.

New figures released by Staffordshire Police show that between April 1 and September 30, 948 vehicles were seized for having no insurance or licence and 350 of those vehicles were crushed.

Chief Inspector Vera Bloor from the force’s tactical support department explained:

“We are working hard to make Staffordshire’s roads safer. There are many problems associated with vehicles, and a key issue is drivers who are not licensed or insured for the vehicles they are in. Some vehicles also have major problems – such as tyre or brake defects – that could lead to them being involved in a collision causing injury or even death.

“If a driver without insurance is involved in a collision there are financial implications for victims and insurance companies. Another worrying implication is drivers without a licence are potentially more dangerous as they have not proved they have the basic driving skills needed to drive a vehicle safely.

“If people break road traffic legislation they could also be breaking other laws and often people caught are also arrested for their involvement in other crimes.”

Officers use the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system which tells them if a vehicle is insured, has current tax and gives information that may show whether the driver is licensed to drive.

Ch Insp Bloor added:

“Some drivers cancel insurance payments after they have paid the first instalment and, if caught for an offence, produce the insurance certificate to police. But the ANPR system shows if the driver is not covered.

“Our main aim is to reduce the number of road casualties and make Staffordshire roads even safer to use.”

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