City of London Police caught out four uninsured drivers in one day as part of an initiative to stop uninsured driving.

The police spent Saturday 21 October working to root out uninsured drivers in the as part of a wider campaign called Operation Drive Uninsured.

Three of the four drivers had their cars seized and impounded. The fourth was forced to purchase insurance on the spot.  In addition to the uninsured drivers, a further four drivers were issued fines for having no MOT and another was caught without a license.

In total, 14 drivers were stopped for offences.

Transport and Highways Team police constable Helen Taylor led the team on the day. She said that the operation had been a “great success.”

Taylor continued: “Our proactive action has resulted in four uninsured cars being taken off the roads, making them a safer place for all who use them.

“It’s extremely important for us to send a message to people who are uninsured, or who do not maintain their vehicles, that they will be dealt with robustly.

The campaign follows the release of statistics from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) that show claims for crashes involving uninsured drivers had bucked the trend and risen by a tenth (10%) in the last 12 months. Before this, uninsured drivers on the road had decreased by half (50%) since 2004.

Around 150 uninsured drivers enter the city every day.

In August an ex-West Ham youth footballer was caught out for insurance fraud while driving in London. He had inflated his age by 20 years to lower his premiums.