Following a clampdown in and around Manchester city centre yesterday, Police say they caught several cars without insurance and issued 17 fixed penalty notices. Some cars were seized. Police also targeted other driving offences including use of mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.
The Police campaign, in conjunction with VOSA and Manchester City Council, used Advanced Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras on police vehicles which can scan more than 3,000 cars an hour.
By lunchtime yesterday, police officers had stopped more than 60 drivers some of whom had committed road traffic offences
ANPR cameras work by reading a registration plate and then checking it against a database. Greater Manchester Police say they have a number of marked ANPR vehicles working 7 days a week.
Police have the power to seize uninsured vehicles, although in some cases they have wrongly seized vehicles which later prove to be insured.
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