Lamborghinis and Bentleys among thousands of uninsured cars seized by police – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014

One of the cars, an orange Lamborghini Aventador, was sold at auction for
£218,000 after its owner did not have the correct insurance and failed to
pay to reclaim it.

The 72 tonne mobile crane – the most valuable seized – was taken off the road
after it was seen in Belgravia in January 2012 being driven without a proper
licence and insurance. Officers said it had since been reclaimed after
owners paid the outstanding insurance and fines.

In another case a £200,000 Ferrari supercar was handed back to its owner after
they reclaimed the vehicle and paid its insurance.

In November 2013, a six litre Bentley Continental GTC was seized in Bromley
after the driver was found to be uninsured, and in October last year a
£400,000 customised Lamborghini Aventador was taken off the road when the
motorist’s insurance policy was found to not cover such an expensive vehicle.

Other cars seized in the last year include a Lamborghini Gallardo and a
Lamborghini Spider.

In the last 12 months a total of 39,000 vehicles have been seized.

All money raised goes back to the force for similar operations to target
offenders on roads in Londn.

Police said most of the supercars were either reclaimed by owners paying their
fines and insurance or would be sold at auction as a last resort.

Uninsured drivers face six penalty points and a £300 fine.

A police spokesperson said: “High value cars are not automatically sent to be
crushed. If the owner doesn’t come and collect them within a designated
time, they will be auctioned off.

“Uninsured drivers are five times more likely to be involved in a road
collision, and many are more likely to be involved in criminal activity.”

The operation, called Cubo, began in 2011 and more than 100,000 cars have been
seized since its launch.

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