Ageas today announces that it is partnering with Hampshire Constabulary by sponsoring a BMW 1 Series police vehicle fitted with the latest Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to help identify uninsured drivers in Hampshire.
Based in Eastleigh, the general insurance provider has partnered with local Hampshire Constabulary to tackle the problem of uninsured drivers in the area. In the UK, it is estimated that 1 million motorists are driving without insurance, accounting for 2.8% of all motorists*. Police figures indicate that Hampshire had the second highest number of offenders caught for driving without insurance in England last year, with 2,742 offenders being caught by Hampshire Police in 2014**.
Drivers without insurance pose a significant risk to motorists across the country and are estimated to cause 120 deaths and over 29,000 injuries per year, whilst also increasing premiums for honest drivers. It is estimated that the annual cost of claims incurred as a result of uninsured drivers is £400m a year***.
Adam Clarke, Underwriting Director at Ageas said: “The danger of uninsured driving is apparent for all motorists, be it on the road or on their premiums. We are pleased to be able to partner with Hampshire Police to provide a brand new vehicle equipped with the latest technology. This will reduce the risk those who drive without insurance pose to honest drivers and pedestrians.”
Inspector Andy Tester, who has managed the project for Hampshire Constabulary, said: “We are pleased to be working with Ageas to jointly raise the profile of the fight against uninsured driving.
“Ageas has sponsored the purchase of a BMW 1 series Roads Policing car equipped with ANPR technology that will give officers an additional, highly effective proactive resource. Whilst focused on uninsured driving, the vehicle will respond to the full range of incidents attended by the Roads Policing Unit and will be used across both Hampshire and Thames Valley Police areas"
"In the challenging financial climate, this partnership with Ageas enables us to make sensible and effective use of public money.”
Ashton West, Chief Executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which compensates the victims of uninsured drivers, added: “This is a great initiative from one of our member companies and one we applaud as part of combined efforts between Hampshire Police, Ageas and ourselves to take uninsured drivers off the road. Fittingly, it comes as we step up our own support to the police with the launch of a new e-newsletter to police forces with the latest updates, and a new free helpline number.”
The police car will be differentiated against other police cars by its dark base colour.