Cop campaign targets illegal drivers

STRATHCLYDE police will be out in force this week in a bid to target unlicensed and uninsured drivers.

Police forces across Scotland will be taking part in a three day campaign coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), running today (Tuesday) until Thursday.

It’s the second campaign of its kind, following a drive in April during which police reported 207 driving offences – 146 in relation to drivers being uninsured, and 61 for driving licence offences.

A further 84 vehicles were seized for consideration of forfeiture by the courts.

Chief superintendent Ralph Noble, ACPOS lead for the action, said: “Drivers should be aware that with a simple roadside check of the police national computer and the Motor Insurance Database (MID), officers can establish if the driver holds a valid licence and if a current insurance policy exists.

“If not, they face being charged and reported or arrested if found to be a disqualified driver – but also the prospect of having their vehicle seized at the roadside.

“Do not risk it, don’t drive without a licence or other than your licence allows and make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date”.

To check that your vehicle insurance record is updated, use the free service provided by MID.