police are the Motor Insurance Database's (MID) biggest
customer, making over 2.5 million enquiries every month.
Their support is clearly vital to achieving MIB's objective of
reducing uninsured driving, and being one of our key
stakeholders, the MIB has a close working relationship with the
police. This page gives information on some of the
initiatives aimed at improving police effectiveness in
The MIB, which runs the MID, provides British police forces with
an extract of data showing potentially uninsured vehicles.
on these vehicles is used in conjunction with
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras throughout GB
police forces. This means that if a vehicle passes an ANPR
camera, it is likely to be stopped if it is not insured.
Trials have proved that an individual officer can make ten times
more arrests using ANPR than was previously possible.
For more information about how ANPR cameras work please see this
Cameras always on duty.
The Police can seize any vehicle where they have
reasonable grounds to believe it is uninsured. To
support the Police in the fight against uninsured
driving, the MIB runs a dedicated Police Helpline.
This helpline supports ANPR camera enforcement and is
designed to assist the Police
with difficult roadside situations where there was doubt
over the validity of insurance cover for a suspect
stopped after carrying out a check on the MID.
police figures, by the end of 2007 in excess of 150,000 vehicles
had been seized and approximately 40% were
subsequently sold or destroyed.