POLICE Scotland will be carrying out a week of action across West-Dunbartonshire targeting uninsured drivers.

The campaign will run until Sunday, January 26, and is aimed at seizing uninsured drivers’ vehicles and tackling associated offences. In Scotland in 2019, Police Scotland seized 7,029 uninsured vehicles.

Louise Blakelock, head of road policing chief superintendent, said: “Uninsured motorists are more likely to have links to wider crime and are often found to be driving while disqualified or without a valid driving licence. A number of drivers are also detected driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the dangers of this are well known.

“If you have no valid insurance, you have no legal right to be on the road and we will continue to take action against those who break the law and put other road users at risk. I would also ask the public to continue to report drivers who are believed to not have insurance so we can take action.”

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The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) estimate that one person in the UK is injured every 20 minutes in a collision caused by an uninsured or untraced driver.

Alastair Ross, head of public policy for Scotland at the Association of British Insurers, said: “There’s no excuse for driving without car insurance – it’s irresponsible, illegal and the consequences can be severe.

“Uninsured driving could get you a criminal conviction which could make it more difficult to access affordable insurance in the future. And if you get into an accident, you’ll likely have to pay for damages.”