Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick has applauded a police crackdown on unlicensed and uninsured drivers.
Following Operation V79, carried out by the Association of Chief Police Officers in partnership with the Department for Transport, the number of rogue drivers on Britain’s roads has dropped significantly.
The level of unlicensed drivers stopped has fallen to 0.8 per cent from 1.6 per cent in 2006.
Equally impressively, the level of uninsured drivers stopped fell to 1.2 per cent from 1.9 per cent in 2006.
Jim Fitzpatrick, road safety minister, pointed out that uninsured drivers add £30 a year to every motorist’s insurance premium and it is estimated that uninsured and untraced drivers kill 160 people and injure 23,000 every year.
He said: "That is why we gave the police increased powers to detect, seize and destroy vehicles being driven without insurance.
"These powers are working – the police removed around 170,000 vehicles in 2007, that’s more than 450 a day."
The government is also introducing a new offence of being the registered keeper of an uninsured vehicle which will leave uninsured drivers "with nowhere to hide".
Written by Bobby Minter