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Operation CUBO to expand outside London

Published by on Apr 25, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Operation CUBO London

If you’re unfamiliar with it, you might think Operation CUBO is something from a spy movie, but you’d be wrong. The operation is nothing else than a measure taken by London’s Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe to catch people driving without insurance. Once a month, with the exact date and locations kept secret until the last minute, more than 1,000 Metropolitan police officers helped by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau stop and check thousands of vehicles.

Those found driving with no insurance are given a ticket (around £300) and their cars are seized, but the Met Police also gives penalties for other offences such as having illegally tinted windows, using phones while driving and even making arrests for illegal possession of weapons. As for the cars being seized, their owners have a certain amount of time in which they can claim their cars (after paying the fine and providing proof of insurance, of course). If the cars are unclaimed, then they’re either crushed, broken for parts or sold at auction, depending on their value. And if you think that only old cars are being seized, you’re wrong. It’s true, most of them are old or cheap cars, but there was also a significant number of more expensive cars being seized, such as a few Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, a Ferrari FF and plenty of Range Rovers or Mercedes.

The operation first took place in Octomber 2011 and it has been a huge success for the London police, with more than 14,000 seized since then and total “revenue” of 5.5 million pounds (more than $9 million), most of it being used to finance all sort of programs of the Met Police. The operation is considered so successful that many other cities in England showed their interest and some being close to implementing it.

But that’s not all, because there are some EU officials who are already investigating ways to implement this program across the entire Europe, where it would benefit a lot of countries. France, for example, is extremely interested in doing something similar to Operation CUBO after local authorities reported a record number of people driving without insurance, especially with the current fines being really low (maximum half the insurance value). So if the program really spreads across the entire Europe, it looks like the insurance business will once again flourish on the Old Continent.

And here are some of the cars seized during Operation CUBO as posted on the official Facebook page of the London Metropolitan Police.

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