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Police boss shocked by East Lancashire's illegal driver figures
10:11am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A TOP police officer has expressed his shock at the number of illegal drivers on East Lancashire’s roads.
Chief Superintendent Bob Eastwood, who is in charge of policing in Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, spoke out following figures which revealed hundreds of uninsured cars were seized by police each year.
He said: “A national bulletin says the cops seize 140,000 uninsured cars each year, which I didn’t expect. We need to support legal drivers to avoid a nightmare.”
As of last month, the fixed penalty fine for driving without insurance rose to £300, up £100. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau estimates that there are 1.1 million uninsured drivers on UK roads, which equates to one in 36 drivers.
However, progress has been made in recent years with the level of uninsured driving reduced by as much as 40 per cent since 2005. The group said this was a result of a combination of police enforcement and new laws which see harsher penalties for uninsured driving.
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