MORE than 270 drivers were caught driving without insurance across Scotland in just one week, it has been revealed.

Police Scotland's Operation Drive Insured campaign between January 20 and January 26 saw a week of enforcement to detect and, where appropriate, seize uninsured drivers' vehicles.

In 2019, over 7000 uninsured vehicles were seized in Scotland. 

During the recent campaign w eek, 113 vehicles were seized, with the 271 drivers detected without insurance being handed a £300 fine, six penalty points and were reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Head of Road Policing, Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock, said the force is committed to taking action. 

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She said: “Driving without insurance is not a victimless crime as law-abiding drivers are at risk of paying out if they are hit by an uninsured driver.

"Additionally, uninsured motorists are more likely to have links to wider crime and often drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, posing an even greater risk to other road users.

“We will continue to take action against those who flout the law. If you have no valid insurance, you have no legal right to be on the road.

"I would ask the public to continue to report drivers so we can take action.”