Uninsured cars seized in London

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It was recently reported that the Metropolitan Police Service seized 9,935 uninsured vehicles in 2014. How many of these cars were eventually returned to their owners, and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of uninsured cars on London's roads?


Answer for Uninsured cars seized in London

Answer for Uninsured cars seized in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The figures quoted appear to relate to statistics for the period 1st April 2015 to 2nd September 2015, which have recently been publicised.

In 2014, there were actually 28,848 vehicles seized in category "D6" which includes no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

21,340 (74%) were subsequently restored to their owner.  Cars are restored to owners only when they can produce valid documents (licence and insurance).

As part of Operation Reclaim the MPS routinely identify, trace and seize uninsured vehicles. Many MPS vehicles are equipped with ANPR technology which helps to detect offenders. Officers across the MPS seize vehicles on a daily basis whilst on routine patrols.

The Mayor has recently fulfilled his manifesto commitment to ensure the MPS has access to TfL's ANPR camera system, meaning that around 2,300 ANPR cameras are available for policing purposes in London. This has great benefits for the work of Operation Reclaim in identifying criminals and bringing them to justice.

In addition, as part of Operation Cubo, for two days per month, in partnership with the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB), the MPS runs "mass mobilisation" operations focussing on uninsured drivers. These operations lead to around 150 vehicles a day being seized.