Police in the UK carried out a heavy crackdown on uninsured drivers through 2017 seizing a total of 142,000 cars. Included within that total were a number of luxury vehicles including Rolls-Royca, Ferraris, Maseratis, BMW’s, Porsches, and Lamborghinis.
It is reported by the Motor Insurers Bureau that about 40% of seized vehicles are crushed! Vehicles carrying a higher value are sold at auction where money is used towards police budgets. Crushing cars of uninsured drivers has been common practice since 2005 in which police have seized a total of 1.7 Million Cars.
Who are big time culprits?
Research suggests that uninsured drivers often drive expensive cars such as top of the range BMW’s where out of the 142,000 cars seized, 3558 were BMW’s which is nearly 10 a day!
There were also 2982 Audis, 36 Porsche, 12 Bentleys, 4 Lamborghinis, 4 Ferraris, 3 Maseratis, 3 Jaguars and a Rolls-Royce.
How to get your Vehicle back if it is impounded
Retrieving your vehicle can be expensive but if you vehicle is worth a good sum of money, then retrieving it is a wise option.
Drivers will require an impounded car insurance, proof of ownership, valid drivers licence and proof of identity. All these will be required at the impound.
To pay there will be a fixed penalty (often around £300). A release fee (usually £150) and a daily storage fee typically starting at £40 a day.
Cars worth less than £1000 are often not worth saving from the crusher and better off paying your fine and starting again but properly!