Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Special guest witnesses car destruction

The victim of a serious hit and run incident is to be aided in her recovery by witnessing the shredding of an uninsured car.

                                               An uninsured car meets its end

Courageous Amy Verlander is currently a wheelchair user and was knocked down in Hackney by an uninsured car which failed to stop. She has now been invited by Sims Group UKs to witness a similar vehicle being de-polluted and its metallic components shredded and separated.

The company is contracted by the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London to deal with all uninsured vehicles captured through Operation Foist. Around 1,320 vehicles have already been seized in less than four weeks in Hackney, Haringey and Newham.

Amys father John Verlander said: We have first hand experience of the dreadful repercussions of uninsured drivers on our roads and research has found that that they are the most likely to be involved in hit and run incidents.

We feel lucky that someone was coming the other way in Amys instance and stopped to report the incident. They saved her life.

Sims Group UK is tasked with ensuring that offending vehicles remain off the road and the metal is recycled to make anything from drinks cans to new cars. website spokesman Derek Campbell said: With a quarter of motorists failing to stop after a collision, it is vital that serious action, such as the successful initiative in Haringey, Hackney and Newham, continues to be taken.

We hope that such initiatives can be replicated throughout the country, to drastically reduce the likelihood of other people going through the life shattering experience of Any Verlander.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.