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 recycleyourcar.co.uk 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.
Recycleyourcar.co.uk 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.