The latest issue of BIKE (yeah, the one with the test of the 2007 Hornet in it, :roll, has a fascinating article on one of my pet hobby-horses, uninsured drivers. Quote: "Insurance experts estimate that as many as 5% of the vehicles on our roads are uninsured. Compared with law-abiding motorists, they are ten times more likely to have been convicted of drink driving, six times more likely to have been convicted for driving a non-roadworthy vehicle, and three times more likely to have been convicted of driving without due care and attention. Uninsured drivers are ten times more likely (than insured drivers) to be involved in an accident, and if they are, they are eight times more likely to drive off." For those who complain about the Hoon Laws, how about this? British police now have the power to seize cars driven by uninsured, unlicensed or un-taxed drivers. The car is taken to the pound where it is kept for 28 days, after which, if it is not reclaimed, it's destroyed!!! BIKE'S journos went out on a Police road-side checkpoint to see the laws in action. 40 cars were stopped on the basis of Police decison to do so (no computer check before the stop), and eight were seized. Three bikes were also pulled over, but passed inspection/license-insurance check. Does the campaign have good results?? Yes indeed. In just over a year in Merseyside, (where 11,000 vehicles were seized in that time, and 4,000 destroyed!!!!!), more than 20,000 MORE vehicles have been insured, and there has been a 29% REDUCTION in failure to stop after an accident. The number of abandoned, burnt out cars has fallen by nearly 30% and there has even been a 30% decrease in the number of people driving off from a servo without paying for petrol!! I think this article is worth the cost of the magazine; and, of course, you get to read them drooling all over the new Hornet too, .