Car insurance: Police crack down on tax dodgers
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
While much has been said about the need for car insurance, police in Gloucester have highlighted the price drivers can expect to pay if they fail to display a valid tax disc on their vehicle.
In partnership with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, four officers of the Linden Safer Community Team searched the area for cars without valid tax discs.
Having clamped 21 vehicles, police informed their owners that they may be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000.
PC Dominic Everiss, leader of the operation, said: "This was a very successful operation which has sent out a very visible and expensive message to those who choose not to tax their vehicles."
The team also handed out tickets to motorists for a number of other traffic offences, while others were reported for not having car insurance.
Earlier in the year, Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Susan Kramer said more needed to be done to prosecute uninsured motorists, arguing that their action cost "law-abiding" drivers thousands of pounds every year.