Are you surrounded by uninsured drivers? The 10 UK areas with most car seizures mapped

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Kent had a total of 14,246 car seizures in 2020 alone, a 36.9 percent increase on the previous year. Northamptonshire also saw a huge increase in car seizures with 4,664 in 2019, compared to 6,216 in 2020.

The data, from comparethemarket.com, analysed police force data in 2019 and 2020, obtained using Freedom of Information requests, to reveal how many cars are seized every year in the UK and which areas have seen the most cars seized.

Of the 32 police forces that responded to the FOI request, only five reported more car seizures in 2020 than 2019.

The other areas were South Yorkshire with a 19 percent increase, South Wales with a 10 percent jump and Northumbria which rose 3.9 percent, with just 300 extra cars seized in 2020. 

The number of car seizures decreased in all other areas as the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns generally affected the number of people driving on the roads as schools temporarily closed and many worked from home.

It is the West Midlands however who saw the most car seizures since 2019. 

Between 2019 and 2020, there were a staggering 51,531 seizures, with 24,850 in 2020 alone.

West Yorkshire followed closely behind with 45,167 car seizures.

Covering major towns and cities including Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, there were also an overarching number of uninsured and unlicensed drivers with 18,478 seizures related to this offence.

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Surrey came in third, although the county had almost 20,000 fewer car seizures than West Yorkshire, with 26,855.

The county saw road traffic collisions as the most common reason for a car seizure, with 8,765.

Other regions with the highest number of car seizures included Lancashire, Kent and South Yorkshire.

Surprisingly Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire came in eight and tenth respectively, despite their larger populations.

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