Police crack down on insurance dodgers in highly public way

VAN INSURANCE NEWS ROUNDUP: 7 DAYS ENDING 2 JAN 2015:

Think dodging car insurance or van insurance is a low-profile crime? Think again – police forces around the UK are dealing with it in a public, humiliating way.

Sooner or later you’re going to run into some genius who thinks they can get away with not having their car or van insured. It’s a victimless crime, they might say, or that it’s such a private matter that no one will know. Well, if you’re thinking of following in their footsteps with your own car or commercial van insurance cover, think again – the police will find you, seize your vehicle, and shame you by putting it on display for all the world to see.

Or at least that’s what’s happening in Cheshire. The police in the town of Widnes have kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about what happens if you don’t pay your insurance premiums, and it involves putting seized vehicles on display for the world to see right outside Widnes Police Station.

For what it’s worth, I hope a programme like this spreads not just across Cheshire but the entirety of the UK. A nice, high profile reminder of how you can get your vehicle taken away from you if you think you’re above the law? It’s brilliant, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ll relish licking the salty tears off the cheeks of all those numptys who think they were getting one over on all of us only to have their precious cars and vans forcibly taken from them.

Honestly now, you can’t say that you don’t know what happens to you if you wander off without bothering to pay for proper insurance on your vehicle. It’s bloody mandatory, for pity’s sake – and not only that, police have specialised equipment now to determine if you’re motoring about without proper cover now. There are databases that are linked with the insurance industry that the police have access to without even having to step out of their own vehicles. In other words, you will be found out and if you keep up with it you will end up getting your own vehicle seized. On top of that, you’ll have some hefty fines to pay – and now everyone will know what a skiving bastard you are.

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