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200 Cars Seized In Laois Offaly

Thursday, 29 December 2016

AS the Road Traffic Bill 2016 passes through Government before the New Year, the increasing number of uninsured drivers is of huge concern to Gardai.

One of the issues identified in tackling the problem has been the Garda Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system which is reliant on information provided by the insurance industry in respect of the insured driver.

Up until now this system has identified a number of flaws which did not assist in tackling the problem of the lack of insurance, nonetheless the introduction of new measures within the 2016 Bill will see insurance companies forced to provide detailed information which will in turn address the issues faced by Gardai.

As it has been revealed in excess of 100,000 people in Ireland are driving while uninsured, new provisions will be viewed as a welcome addition for Gardai who have repeatedly taken a stance on uninsured drivers throughout the Laois/Offaly division.

Since the beginning of November Gardai in this division alone have seized over 200 vehicles as 95% have been lifted for not having the necessary insurance certifications required.

Of those vehicles obtained, thirty-six were recovered in the Birr district as Garda Sergeant Alan Kerin stated 'almost one car has been seized daily for no insurance since the beginning of our clamp down. The figures are quite astonishing really.'

The Tribune has reported on this issue over the last number of weeks and have come across findings such as the displaying of false insurance discs or disqualified drivers caught red handed behind the wheel.

Gardai in Birr are urging people to have proper documentation in place before getting behind the wheel with a vast number of checkpoints expected on our roads over the Christmas and New Year.

Minister Shane Ross has stated 'this is a very vital provision which will allow for the establishment of the Insured and Uninsured database by Insurance Ireland and MIBI which will provide reliable data to An Garda Siochana, enabling them to detect uninsured drivers and take them off our roads.'

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