Untraced and uninsured drivers kill 130 people and injure 26,500 every year in the UK, according to Motor Insurers’ Bureau figures released by Police Scotland.
This is why Police Scotland is launching a three-day clampdown against motorists without valid insurance or a driving licence this week.
Motorists stopped without insurance or a licence will be charged.
They will either be reported to the procurator fiscal or given a conditional offer of fixed penalty. This enables them to settle the matter out of court.
The crackdown will last from 7am on Wednesday (August 14) until 7am on Friday (August 16).
Vehicle maintenance defects which can risk road safety will also be targeted during the campaign.
The yearly cost of uninsured motoring is calculated to be £400 million.
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Thousands have already been detected
Officers launching the campaign stressed the “obvious road safety risk” presented by such unlicensed and uninsured drivers.
Inspector Ewan Innes, of the road policing unit in Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: “This initiative is intended to get drivers thinking about their obligations and to ensure that they do not become another statistic or that their actions or inactions do not result in more serious consequences.”
Police warned that 9,000 people have been detected driving without insurance or a licence since Police Scotland launched on April 1 this year. Several of these motorists will have had their vehicle seized, they added.
A licence offence attracts a £60 fine and three penalty points, while insurance offenders face a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.
Source: Scotland Police