Met Puts Uninsured Vehicles on Display in Hogan-Howe's 'Total Policing' War

The Evening Standard (London, England), December 16, 2011 | Go to article overview

Met Puts Uninsured Vehicles on Display in Hogan-Howe's 'Total Policing' War


Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

POLICE are to put cars seized from uninsured motorists on display around London.

As part of Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe's "total policing" strategy, seized vehicles will be placed at prominent locations such as shopping centres, car parks or beside busy roads. The cars will be wrapped with tape stating that they have been confiscated by police and will be sold at auction or crushed. Two are already on display outside New Scotland Yard in Westminster.

Mr Hogan-Howe used the tactic with success in Merseyside where he slashed crime rates.

Commander Steve Watson said : "The idea is to show Londoners that we are acting against motorists who drive with no insurance and to act as a deterrent to uninsured drivers."

The new commissioner has introduced so-called "Big Wing" days targeting uninsured drivers involving hundreds of officers. In one recent twoday operation 1,000 cars were seized. Motorists are given 14 days to pay their insurance and reclaim their vehicle. …

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