Uninsured Drivers Targeted By Operation Cubo In London
A Lamborghini, McLaren and Bentley have been seized by the police as part of a crackdown on uninsured drivers in London, the Daily Mail has reported. These prestigious machines have been taken off the road courtesy of Operation Cubo. This required police officers to set-up checkpoints then intercept any passing offenders. Notable scalps have included a Bentley Continental GTC with a six-litre engine, and a customised Lamborghini Aventador worth four-hundred thousand pounds. A Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Spyder and Porsche Boxster have been taken too. The police have also claimed a crane worth one million pounds. These helped bring the total number of vehicles seized – most of which were less prestigious – to one-hundred thousand. Significantly, some of the uninsured motorists have been involved with a wider range of crime, so seizing their vehicles should have limited their ability to offend.
Police Commander Discusses Success Of Operation Cubo
Metropolitan Police Commander, Stephen Watson, said: “Operation Cubo is strong, visible action that demonstrates commitment and determination to serving the public and making London’s streets safer. We have achieved significant results through large scale seizures of uninsured and un-roadworthy vehicles while, in addition, making numerous arrests of suspects wanted in connection to a variety of offences. We are targeting criminals by denying them the use of the roads so it’s much harder for them to commit crime.” Mr Watson added: We have arrested robbers, burglars and rapists as a result of Operation Cubo and will continue to arrest these people as they attempt to travel.”
Uninsured Cars Crushed And Sold By Police
A motorist that has a vehicle seized - then fails to claim it in time – could lose it completely as the police have the authority to crush it. It will then be recycled. This is most likely to happen to elderly and/or low value cars. More prestigious vehicles, in contrast, tend to sold at auction. As such, Operation Cubo has raised more than five million pounds since its inception in October 2011. This money has been, or will be, ploughed into policing. One of the most notable cars sold at auction was an orange Lamborghini Aventador that raised £218,000. In addition to having a car seized, an uninsured driver is likely to receive a fine plus penalty points on his/her licence. The latter could raise the cost of motor insurance and make it far harder to find employment.