Crushed cars act as deterrent

In a bid to reduce the number of uninsured cars that are being driven on the roads of Woolwich in London, drivers that are caught watch their cars being crushed.

Jun 15, 2006
By David Howell
Chief Superintendent Davy Beck

In a bid to reduce the number of uninsured cars that are being driven on the roads of Woolwich in London, drivers that are caught watch their cars being crushed.

The Met’s traffic unit has been using a checkpoint coupled with the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to single-out offenders, who are shown what would happen to their cars if they are caught again, and given two weeks to insure their vehicles.

Superintendent Ian Chappell said: “Working in the traffic unit, I am only too aware of the number of uninsured drivers who fail to stop at collisions. By using the powers that we have to take away their vehicles, we are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Vans equipped with ANPR systems have so far seized 1,377 vehicles, of which 310 have been crushed. Chief Inspector Geoff Bishop of Greenwich police added: “All law-abiding drivers feel frustrated at the irresponsible minority who won’t pay up to insure their cars.”

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