In their efforts to crack down on uninsured motorists administrators in the UK have adopted the policy of crushing cars. Maybe illegal street racers will not feel so alone and picked on now that they have been joined in the crushing by uninsured motorists? Or maybe now they have two reasons to worry if places like California, Canada and Australia adopt this policy as well.
There were 100,000 vehicles impounded by UK police in 2007 for the lack of car insurance. Of those 100,000 45,000 were crushed. Considering the stereotypical condition and characteristics of an uninsured motorists car it can be presumed that those cars that were crushed were deemed unfit for the road. Those of us who live in states that do not have car inspections have seen cars that fit that description.
It seems that 2007 was a down year in the UK as they succeeded in their crackdown by crushing 78,000 cars in 2006. While many argue that those cars would benefit others more by being auctioned or parted out, there are arguments against that too.
First of all the cars being crushed are probably older and emit high levels of emissions. So the UK is doing their part for the environment. Secondly, if the cars are deemed not to be road worthy why go through the expense of selling it for 50 pounds to someone who will potentically just turn around and put its non-roadworthy, high polluting chassis back on the road? And third, there is a better chance the government is getting a greater return on the scrap metal than they would on the auctioning off of the cars… at least I would hope so.
If the point of their policy is to make the roads a safer place by taking away cars from uninsured motorists then it would make sense to carry that policy all the way through. Meaning if the car is unsafe it should not be returned to the road.
In the US there are a number of states that suspend the license of uninsured motorists, but they still leave them with the car. Maybe losing a license is not a big enough deterrent considering the number of accidents that involve the uninsured. With illegal immigration rising and an economy that seems to be nearing recession the number of uninsured motorists is likely to rise. Do you think states in the US should consider impounding and possibly threatening the crushing of uninsured motorists vehicles? Is the crushing of cars a sufficient deterrent?