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No Insurance? - Think again!!

Police are reported to have moved aggressively to impound vehicles without motor insurance under new powers granted to them at the beginning of August 2005.

Police are now using modern Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software which reads the registration plate of passing vehicles and immediately links the information to the police national computer

If the information comes up blank on a motor insurance database, the vehicle will be stopped, and if no insurance is found the car is impounded.

The driver then has seven days to prove they hold motor insurance. The police have the right to destroy the vehicle after 14 days

"We will not take any excuses or make any exceptions - if you don't obey the law we'll make sure that you, not the law-abiding motorist, pay the price," said police spokesman Chief Inspector Nigel Brown.


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