Thousands of people in the UK have had their cars seized by the police for diving them without valid insurance.
Figures released through Freedom of Information reveals that 2,294 vehicles in the north and north east were seized by officers.
In Britain, police officers have the power to seize cars until the relevant valid documents are provided. Criminal action can also be taken if there is not sufficient proof of insurance provided.
In addition to the amount of cars seized there was also an additional 4,509 insurance offences processed and recorded.
Car seizures in the Highlands and Islands totalled 617 with an additional 1,624 offences recorded.
Neil Greig, police and research director for IAM Roadsmart, formerly the Institute of Adavnced Motorists, said: “The figures should be going down because it’s harder and harder to get away with this because we have joined-up databases.
“It should be becoming much more difficult because it can be picked up on a police camera by the side of the road.
“But it’s still pretty high and this is not a victimless crime. The people doing it know they are doing it.
“Gone are the days where people were not sure about the rules. If someone is doing this they are doing it deliberately.
“And it’s quite often while they are trying to cover up another crime.”
Liam Kerr MSP, the Tory shadow justice secretary said that these figures should come as a reinforced warning to motorists.
He said: “Driving while uninsured is a massively problematic offence. It also ramps up insurance costs for law-abiding citizens.”
Neil Morrison, road policing inspector said: “Every uninsured vehicle removed from the road contributes towards making our communities safer places for everyone.
“Every detection reinforces the strong message to those who choose to drive without insurance that they are not above the law and that they will be reported.
“Failing to properly insure your vehicle is morally wrong.
“It also has the wider impact on society by increasing insurance premiums for everyone.
“This type of irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated and officers in the north-east will continue to carry out proactive, targeted operations to ensure these offenders are removed from the road.”