YEP Says, August 27: Drivers without insurance should be banned for life

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the number of uninsured cars being seized from West Yorkshire’s streets each year will, hopefully, provide food for thought for those critics who took to social media to claim that police officers “spend time eating doughnuts” rather than catching criminals.

the number of uninsured cars being seized from West Yorkshire’s streets each year will, hopefully, provide food for thought for those critics who took to social media to claim that police officers “spend time eating doughnuts” rather than catching criminals.

More than 4,000 vehicles have been taken off the region’s roads in each of the last three years. They’re not just the stereotypical bangers driven by ubiquitous “boy racers” – either - the latest haul includes two Bentleys, 92 BMWs and 128 Audis.

Nearly half a million UK drivers received penalty points for driving without insurance between 2010 and 2013. Paltry court fines averaging £300 - ‘a fraction’ of the cost of some insurance policies - are blamed for a scandal that sees uninsured drivers causing 130 deaths and more than 26,000 injuries a year. Surely such low fines are unlikely to deter the persistent uninsured driver and are tempting rogue drivers into thinking that driving without insurance is a financial risk that is well worth taking. The police action in West Yorkshire should be applauded given that premiums paid by law-abiding motorists locally now rank amongst the highest in the country. Uninsured drivers are menace on our roads; reckless as to the consequences for other motorists should an accident happen. They deserve then book throwing at them and should be banned for life.

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