Taking Operation Drived to Scotland
22 January 2018 marked the beginning of a week long campaign to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on Scotland’s roads.
Hot on the heels of the success of the latest national Opereration Drive Insured (ODI) campaign last autumn, Police Scotland will be targeting an estimated 40,000 uninsured vehicles across the regions roads.
The worst offending areas include Falkirk, Edinburgh and Glasgow and, while some people deliberately choose to drive uninsured, others are unwittingly breaking the law and are unaware they don’t hold valid insurance and the serious consequences of being on the wrong side of the law.
This is the second year running for ODI in Scotland and MIB is supporting Police Scotland to ensure that drivers are taking to the roads knowing they have the correct level of insurance by making sure they are correctly insured for each and every journey.
In the last three years alone, Police Scotland has seized nearly 23,000 uninsured vehicles. Officers use the MIB Police Helpline to confirm the insurance status of a vehicle whilst at the roadside with the driver. If the vehicle is not insured, the police officer can seize the vehicle. If the vehicle is being used outside of the policy terms, MIB shares this information with the insurer so the matter can be addressed with the policyholder, which may result in the policy being cancelled.
MIB will be using ODI Scotland week to continue our work in highlighting the common myths about motor insurance. At the same time, Police Scotland will be using mobile and static road checks, involving all road policing officers across Scotland to target uninsured drivers and hotspots.
So, a simple message from MIB and from Police Scotland: Don’t take to the roads uninsured - a quick check of your policy can help you avoid an unnecessary encounter with a police officer.
Ashton West OBE
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