TEN thousand vehicles still uninsured in Wiltshire

TEN thousand vehicles still uninsured in Wiltshire

Published by Jack Deery at 2:50pm 4th March 2020.

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Wiltshire Police have released the data after a twelve month trial of Operation Tutelage in the county.

The scheme is a joint initiative with forces and the Motor Insurers Bureau, that aims to reduce the number of uninsured cars on our roads. 

It uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition to identify vehicles without insurance, and a letter is then sent to the owners. 

It went national at the start of 2020, but it was trialled for a year beforehand in Wiltshire. 

It saw almost 1,200 drivers contacted in that time, with 70% re-insuring within days. 

ANPR installation in Salisbury
Wiltshire Police are working with Ringway, who operate highways maintenance contracts, to install ANPR cameras

But there are still around 10,000 vehicles that are uninsured in the county, out of the 600,000 registered. 

Sergeant Simon Drewett from the Road Safety and Collision investigation Unit said: 

"The consequences of driving an uninsured vehicle can be significant. For the offending driver, it can result in a fine, loss of a Driving Licence or Disqualification together with all of the ramifications that fall out of this such as loss of income, occupation, a home or even an ability to travel overseas. 

For those on the receiving end of uninsured drivers, it can however result in dire consequences… from significant financial loss through the loss of a vehicle to having to deal with a very uncertain future at a time when those injured out of a collision most need support."


Police say that Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at any level. 

When a vehicle passes an ANPR camera, it's registration number is read and instantly checked against database records of vehicles of interest.

Police Car - Wiltshire Police - Blue Light - ANPR (Mike Draper) (9)
Most police cars are now equipped with ANPR technology

Wiltshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Jerry Herbert, who has been out with the ANPR team installing cameras, said: 

"The use of ANPR is proven to be important in the detection of many offences, including locating stolen vehicles, tackling uninsured vehicle use, assisting with counter terrorism, missing people, major and organised crimes. 

It allows officers' attention to be drawn to offending vehicles whilst allowing law abiding drivers to go about their business unhindered. The use of ANPR cameras is necessary to protect the public, reduce crime and improve road safety."

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