In an attempt to control the numbers of uninsured drivers, theUnited Kingdom's Department for Transport has issued a set ofproposals that includes allowing police to confiscate and destroyvehicles. More than 1 million British drivers lack insurance, andthese drivers are 10 times more likely to have been convicted ofdrunk driving, six times more likely to have been convicted ofdriving unsafe vehicles, and three times more likely to have beenconvicted of driving recklessly, according to the Association ofBritish Insurers. In addition, accidents involving these motoristscost more than ?200 million ($366 million).

The proposed measures would give the police the power to seizeand, in appropriate cases, destroy vehicles that are driven bysomeone who is uninsured. The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency'sVehicle Register and the Motor Insurance Databases also would belinked, allowing police to know which vehicles on the road areuninsured, and penalties would be set for people who ignorereminders that their insurance has expired.

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