Car-crushing ‘must not continue’

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Officials in the UK should stop crushing the vehicles it seizes, according to a drivers’ group.

Association of British Drivers spokesperson Nigel Humphries comments that it would be much more effective to sell the cars and vans at auction and raise funds.

He believes that there is some value in vehicles taken from drivers without car insurance and tax, either complete or in parts.

The official pointed to figures from the Association of British Insurers which show that 45,000 uninsured automobiles were crushed in the first nine months of 2007.

Mr Humphries calls the fact that the authorities are wasting the opportunities presented by these vehicles "scandalous".

"Government departments are not taking advantage of this valuable resource to subsidise often expensive seizure operations," he commented.

Driving without car insurance can also see a motorist pick up a criminal conviction, as well as a three-point driving licence penalty.

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