According to Ministry of Justice statistics an average of 8,000 drivers each year are apprehended 'driving while disqualified' or 'driving with their license having been revoked or suspended'.
In such instances the police have an option of issuing a Roadside Impoundment Notice which has the vehicle taken off the road and impounded for 28 days with the driver having to pay the costs associated with that before he/she gets the vehicle back.
Clearly with 8,000 plus drivers prepared to take the risk of being caught the threat of impoundment does not seem to be much of a deterrent.
Anyone want to give me a cogent reason why drivers who make a conscious effort to flaunt the law in this regard should not have the vehicle they were caught driving forfeit to the Crown ... end of story.
Please don't come back with the hoary old chestnut that it might be some-one else's vehicle. A person lending a vehicle has a responsibility to ensure the person he/she entrusts with the vehicle has a valid license. Obviously this would not apply to vehicles reported stolen and I guess there would need to be an 'exceptional circumstances' clause to apply in circumstances like driving a sick person to hospital when no alternative transport was available.
Interested in the reaction.