Hundreds caught driving without insurance in one day police crackdown in Sutton

Police speak to drivers stopped during the crackdown

Police speak to drivers stopped during the crackdown

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

More than 350 drivers were caught driving without insurance during a police operation yesterday.

Police set up checkpoints in London Road, Hackbridge, Bishopsford Road in St Helier and the A217 in Belmont as they cracked down on people who drive without insurance.

Officers stopped 362 drivers and seized four vehicles. They also arrested three people, one in connection with a serious assault and two on suspicion of possessing cannabis.

Inspector Neil Tyre said: "This operation and others like it are all about catching criminals, deterring criminal activities and keeping the streets safe.

These operations will continue and you will be caught if you don’t have insurance or the correct insurance."

Drivers caught without insurance receive six penalty points and a £200 fine.

 

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1:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Giles C says...

The fine is not commensurate with the offence..its a joke.
Most young people pay over £1000 per year for insurance so getting away with a £200 fineto them is worth it.
Lets face it stopping on a red route is a £140 fine..
It should also be made a criminal offence which would make people think twice before they drove without insurance..
The fine is not commensurate with the offence..its a joke. Most young people pay over £1000 per year for insurance so getting away with a £200 fineto them is worth it. Lets face it stopping on a red route is a £140 fine.. It should also be made a criminal offence which would make people think twice before they drove without insurance.. Giles C
  • Score: 31

5:49pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Michael D says...

Cars should be obliged to display valid insurance discs , like tax discs, in their windscreens.
Cars should be obliged to display valid insurance discs , like tax discs, in their windscreens. Michael D
  • Score: 7

6:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Brianfromsutton says...

When you see these Police Operations on TV documentaries, EVERY driver stopped who does not have valid insurance has their vehicle seized automatically.

How come this report says that more than 350 drivers were caught without insurance yet only 4 vehicles were seized?

Inaccurate reporting once more by The Sutton Guardian or have the rules been changed?
When you see these Police Operations on TV documentaries, EVERY driver stopped who does not have valid insurance has their vehicle seized automatically. How come this report says that more than 350 drivers were caught without insurance yet only 4 vehicles were seized? Inaccurate reporting once more by The Sutton Guardian or have the rules been changed? Brianfromsutton
  • Score: 6

7:53pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Michael D wrote:
Cars should be obliged to display valid insurance discs , like tax discs, in their windscreens.
How do you think the police target these drivers? The Motor Insurance Database coupled with automated number plate recognition tells them who is or isn't insured.

It wasn't blind luck they caught 350. They. Could do it every day if they had the manpower.
[quote][p][bold]Michael D[/bold] wrote: Cars should be obliged to display valid insurance discs , like tax discs, in their windscreens.[/p][/quote]How do you think the police target these drivers? The Motor Insurance Database coupled with automated number plate recognition tells them who is or isn't insured. It wasn't blind luck they caught 350. They. Could do it every day if they had the manpower. Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 6

11:02pm Fri 10 Jan 14

jaded1 says...

Come on people-350 cars were stopped and checked-not caught without insurance.A silly misleading headline.
Come on people-350 cars were stopped and checked-not caught without insurance.A silly misleading headline. jaded1
  • Score: -1

12:21pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Brianfromsutton says...

jaded1 wrote:
Come on people-350 cars were stopped and checked-not caught without insurance.A silly misleading headline.
Yes, a silly misleading headline AND first line of the story.

Sloppy journalism as usual from The Sutton Guardian, and its Chief Reporter.
[quote][p][bold]jaded1[/bold] wrote: Come on people-350 cars were stopped and checked-not caught without insurance.A silly misleading headline.[/p][/quote]Yes, a silly misleading headline AND first line of the story. Sloppy journalism as usual from The Sutton Guardian, and its Chief Reporter. Brianfromsutton
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

buggsie says...

Good work the police - keep it up - more checks over Wandsworth Bridge and York Road please.
Would be better if they were fined more & their cars were crushed.
Good work the police - keep it up - more checks over Wandsworth Bridge and York Road please. Would be better if they were fined more & their cars were crushed. buggsie
  • Score: 1

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