Staffordshire and West Midlands Police are working together to reduce the number of uninsured vehicles in Staffordshire.
It’s estimated there are 99,000 uninsured vehicles in Staffordshire and West Midlands.
Using advanced technology, the two forces are targeting those vehicles with no valid policy attached to them.
A letter is then sent to the registered keeper warning them that they must arrange a valid insurance policy before continuing to drive the vehicle.
So far across Staffordshire and the West Midlands 225 people have been contacted and 69% have reinsured their vehicles.
A further 213 people have been contacted in the last two weeks, giving them another two weeks to respond before action is taken.
Hampshire and Thames Valley have successfully trialled this campaign, contacting 2,500 uninsured vehicle keepers, seeing 80% of them reinsure their vehicles.
The remaining 20% were targeted by the Roads Policing Units, with 113 vehicles being seized as a result.
CMPG’s PC Jim Dutton, who is managing the operation, said: “We know that uninsured vehicles are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision, that drivers of uninsured vehicles are 10 times more likely to have a drink-driving conviction and six times more likely to have a defective vehicle. It is estimated that for 60% of vehicles seized, the driver has a criminal record. We also have 130 people die each year through uninsured driving.
“It is vital for us to approach the problem of uninsured vehicles efficiently and Tutelage will help us to contact a large number of uninsured drivers and hopefully see many problems resolved. The small percentage who fail to comply will be identified and our Roads Policing Units will target those we should be looking for, who are more likely to be committing further offences.”
Drivers stopped as a result of Tutelage will have their vehicle seized and instead of being conditionally offered six points and a £300 fine, thier case will be sent straight to the Magistrates court where a discretionary disqualification and higher fine will be sought.
The Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) along with Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, have worked closely with the CMPG to help kick start Tutelage in Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
Neil Drane, Head of Enforcement at MIB said: “We will continue to support this initiative in 2018 and will encourage other forces in the UK to adopt it. We can see that the letters being sent to vehicle owners from Thames Valley and Hampshire are very effective. It is also an efficient use of manpower enabling both forces to maximise their resources to the benefit of their communities.”
Operation Tutelage letters have already been sent to vehicle owners.
For any further information you can visit AskMID.com to check your insurance and Gov.uk/sold-bought-vehicle for information on if you’ve recently sold or purchased a vehicle to ensure transfer of ownership.