Crackdown on illegal drivers brings results in Lambeth

Crackdown on illegal drivers brings results

Crackdown on illegal drivers brings results

First published in News

Final figures for the Met’s latest operation to crack down on drivers illegally using London’s roads this festive season have been released by police showing that 20 vehicles were seized and six people arrested in Lambeth borough.

Officers from a range of units set up fixed stop points at multiple locations across Lambeth. Police set up ANPR operations and stopped vehicles at Ambleside Avenue SW16 and Norwood High Road.

Chief Superintendent Matt Bell said: “Yet again Operation Cubo has achieved some outstanding results. We know that 80% of uninsured drivers are habitual criminals - and they are five times more likely to be involved in collisions. “These operations are about disrupting the offenders that use their vehicles to commit crime in Lambeth borough and beyond, and transport weapons, drugs and stolen property.

“We will continue to pursue them relentlessly into 2013, with the additional support of a dedicated new investigation team and enhanced technology.”

Statistics from {18th Decem} Operation Cubo, the 14th to be conducted, showed that the total number of vehicles seized was 552, while 105 people were arrested all over the capital for offences including driving whilst uninsured, drink driving, driving whilst disqualified, immigration offences, fraud, handling stolen goods, and one wanted on warrant for assault. More than 1,250 officers are taking part in a co-ordinated series of operations in all 32 boroughs which lasted from 7am up until 10pm.

The day of action began with MPS Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson sending a graphic warning to motorists by posing together outside New Scotland Yard next to seized and crushed cars to demonstrate what could happen to a vehicle driven illegally in the capital.

Since the Commissioner launched Operation Cubo in October 2011, the total number of vehicles seized has risen to more than 44,000 - the most the Met has ever seized in one year - and more than 1,000 people have been arrested under Cubo for offences including rape, possession of illegal firearms, money laundering and drugs. Firearms, other weapons and large quantities of cash and drugs have also been recovered.

The enormous haul of uninsured vehicles seized from drivers cuts across the spectrum from Fords to Ferraris. Luxury vehicles seized over the past year have also included Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porches, Rolls Royce's and a Lamborghini.

In excess of £1million has been raised to date through the scrap and auction of thousands of vehicles seized under Operation Cubo, with money raised over and above the total costs of operational activity going directly back into frontline policing. Officers target uninsured drivers through the use of roadside check points using automatic number plate recognition [ANPR], fixed cameras and routine number plate checks. Uninsured vehicles are immediately seized and potentially destroyed, whilst offenders will be prosecuted. The penalty for driving a vehicle without insurance is six penalty points and a £200 fine, and can even lead to a driving ban.

Based on information supplied by Jezreal Edwards.

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