Up to 500 uninsured vehicles seized daily

As MANY as 500 uninsured vehicles are seized every day, Vauxhall Astras being the cars removed from the road most frequently, figures showed yesterday.

After Astras, the next most-seized vehicles are BMW 3 Series cars, according to figures based on roadside calls to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) police helpline.

The statistics come as a new online video warning of the consequences of driving without insurance is launched by the MIB, which compensates victims involved in accidents with drivers who have no insurance.

Police use the Motor Insurance Database to detect cars being driven without insurance.

The consequences for drivers taking to the road without insurance include vehicle seizure, a minimum of six licence penalty points, and a fixed fine of 200.

Drivers who have their cars seized will also be liable for 150 in recovery fees and still have to prove that they have insurance before they can get their vehicles back.

MIB chief executive Ashton West said: "Christmas is a time when household budgets are stretched to the limit and, for some, the renewal of insurance may be overlooked.

"Modern technology means that motorists who have no insurance are more likely than ever to be caught. It is simply not worth the risk."