The prestigious brands most often seized by Police revealed.
Breakdown of seized cars by brand
Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, Lamborghinis and other prestige cars were seized by Police in England and Wales due to insurance and/or licence issues in the early part of 2016, Churchill claimed. The insurer said – following a Freedom of Information Request in June - that 22,594 cars in total fell foul of such rules and were taken.
BMW was the most prolifically seized prestige brand, the insurer revealed. 2,117 were removed. Audi came second – at 1,546 – and was followed by: Porsche (52), Ferrari (11), Bentley (6), Lamborghini (6), Maserati (4), Rolls-Royce (2), TVR (1) and Aston Martin (1).
Cars sold and scrapped
Police sent 2,866 of the 22,594 seized vehicles to auction. Sales totalled £1.4 million and the most expensive sold for £22,100. In contrast, 6,583 cars were scrapped which raised a further £279,253.
Offenders outrage insurer
Steve Barrett, Head of Car Insurance at Churchill Insurance, explained: "Everyday, law-abiding motorists are paying out for their car insurance but the harsh truth is that they also have to pay for the million drivers on our roads who choose to drive without insurance.”
He added: “To know that a contingent of these uninsured motorists are driving around in luxury cars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, believing that their bank balance elevates them above the law, is maddeningly unjust and selfish beyond measure.”
Offending by region
Motorists in Greater London were most likely to lack insurance, Churchill concluded. It estimated that 215,970 of the 3,932,057 vehicles in the region were uninsured. That equated to 5.5%. Drivers in Northern Ireland, in contrast, were least likely to fall foul of the law. The table below incorporates the complete results.
Estimated Number of Uninsured Vehicles
Total Number of Vehicles
Percentage of Uninsured Vehicles
Yorkshire & Humberside
East of England
Mr Barrett called for action to minimise offending which might – in a perfect world – cut the cost of insurance for law abiding citizens. He suggested: “Introducing sentences that are a real deterrent and that will keep these irresponsible motorists off the road.”
He added: “The penalties should be far higher and money generated from increased fines should be pumped back in to enabling the police to catch more uninsured drivers."