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In the space of a year more than 7,000 people have been caught in Devon and Cornwall for not having their cars insured or taxed properly on our roads.
Speaking exclusively to Heart - Inspector Richard Price says police will take actionagainst drivers caught: "they can be issued with a fixed penalty notice which is £200 and 6 points on their licence there and then at the roadside. They could also be reported and go to court. Fundamentally though new powers that we have allow us to seize the vehicle."
He told Heart that automatic number plate recognition helps a lot: "maybe because the number plate has been read and compared against the database and it is identified that that vehicle is not shown on any policy of insurance in this country."