Cambridgeshire police have been seizing almost six cars a day – and some are being crushed.
And among those drivers caught by police with no insurance were a clown and a man driving his gran's 'motability' vehicle.
Last year (2017) officers seized a total of 2,085 vehicles because the driver had no insurance or no licence and of those 1,029 were either crushed or sold at auction because they had not been claimed by their owner.
Of those seized 125 were BMWs and 73 Audis.
A police spokeswoman said: “Officers can seize a vehicle if they think its being used in a way that causes alarm, harassment or distress (for example careless or inconsiderate driving).
“They can also seize a vehicle if they think its being driven by someone who doesnt have the right licence or insurance, being driven dangerously, illegally or obstructively parked, broken down or abandoned.
“If your vehicle is seized theres a release fee as well as a daily storage fee. Unclaimed vehicles will be disposed of.”
Clown caught without insurance
A children's entertainer travelling to a party on April 7 was caught without car insurance on the A14.
The driver was snared by police and was slapped with a penalty of six points and a £300 fine.
BCH Road Policing tweeted the incident on its page, writing: "Children's entertainer on way to a party unfortunately has been clowning about with his car insurance on the A14.
"He received a present of six points and a £300 fine.
Childrens entertainer on way to a party unfortunately has been clowning about with his car insurance on the A14. He received a present of 6 points and a £300 fine. #driveinsured #1416/2376 pic.twitter.com/db47rBDqv8
— BCH Road Policing (@roadpoliceBCH) April 7, 2018
Speeding in gran's 'motability' vehicle
In 2017 in Hertfordshire police seized 2,058 vehicles where the driver had no insurance or licence and 719 were disposed of.
Of those seized 139 were BMWs, 82 Audis and six Porsches.
And one driver was clocked bombing along an A road at more than 100mph – in his grandmother's 'motability' vehicle.
The motorist, who was filmed by a traffic cop, was caught travelling at more than 40 miles over the speed limit, and also had no insurance.
The 'motability' scheme provides vehicles for disabled people, with specially-adapted and easily accessible cars.
The driver was reported for excess speed and driving without insurance after being stopped on the A602 in Hitchin on March 20.
It is illegal to drive a vehicle on the road without at least third party insurance.
Even if the vehicle itself is insured, if you're not correctly insured to drive it, you could get penalised.
The penalties are usually £300 and six penalty points if you're caught driving a vehicle you're not insured to drive.
If the case then goes to court, you could get an unlimited fine and disqualified from driving.
The police can also seize, and in some cases, destroy the vehicle that is being driven uninsured.