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Uninsured vehicles provide recycling opportunity

Uninsured vehicles are providing metal recycling in London with an unlikely new source of material.

Around 1,320 cars have been seized in London in just over four weeks as the police clamp down, with Sims Group UK contracted to crush all the vehicles.

While two Porsches, a BMW Z4 and a Hummer have been among those taken, the initiative has helped foil other crimes, with half a kilo in crack cocaine and £12,000 cash found in one and a man wanted for robbery since 2005 also located.

Operation Foist has been working successfully in the London boroughs of Hackney, Haringey and Newham since October 23 after recent research found that it is uninsured drivers that are most likely to be involved in hit and run incidents.

With this in mind, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London have joined forces in the colossal clampdown which has employed techniques such as the crime fighting technology of automatic number plate recognition.

The Mayor of London road safety ambassador Jenny Jones said: I am more than happy to crush a few illegal cars if that helps to end the terrible tragedy of people being left for dead by drivers who believe they are beyond the law. We can only end the cowardly crime of hit and run driving by destroying the belief of many drivers that they can break the rules and get away with it.

New laws and new technology are giving us the ability to end the scandalous situation in London where over eighty people a week are being injured in collisions involving hit and run drivers.

After firstly de-polluting the vehicle, Sims then crush it, with the metal recycled to be used in anything from drinks cans to new cars.

Metropolitan Police head of central operations Tarique Ghaffur and Jones demonstrated the powers available to them by pushing the button on a car crusher in Hackney.


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