Uninsured drivers are being targeted by police in roadside checks.
Officers from Durham Constabulary seized a number of cars today as part of their latest operation.
They were stationed in a lay-by on the A690 and used specialist number plate recognition equipment to identify vehicles without insurance.
A recovery truck was on standby to take them away.
Detective Inspector Gavin Heckles, force intelligence manager for Durham Constabulary, said: “We’ve been launching a no insurance operation in response to tackling organised crime, and keeping the roads a little bit safer in County Durham and Darlington.
“On average there are about 35 million vehicles on the roads in Britain and around 4% are uninsured.
People who aren’t insured tend to fail to stop at accidents, are more likely to have accidents and are also more associated with other criminal behaviour.Det Insp Gavin Heckles
“We find it’s very similar in County Durham and we’ve seen nothing different today.
“So far we’ve seized four vehicles, one of which was stolen and displaying clone plates, and there are two gentlemen helping police with inquiries at the moment. We’ve stopped about another 12 vehicles today and the operation is still under way, and a reminder to everyone out there that you need insurance to drive vehicles on our roads, and a failure will result in you being stopped.
“People who aren’t insured tend to fail to stop at accidents, are more likely to have accidents and are also more associated with other criminal behaviour.
“If you don’t have insurance you may receive an on-the-spot fine at the roadside, and for more serious offences you may be referred to court.”