February 24th, 2011

Going for a Song

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I love a good football story.

Arsenal star, Alex Song, managed to get his car seized last week after he was stopped for speeding in Hertfordshire. The BBC News story reports that he allegedly drove off from officers after refusing to give details. The officers pursued & stopped him.

Song was unable to prove that he was insured to drive the car & so it was seized.

Normally what happens is that the PNC database will be checked, this will show whether there is any current insurance on the vehicle & can be done within a few seconds of identifying the vehicle. Though no foolproof, there are occasions when a vehicle is insured but this does not show up on the insurance database, officers usually make other checks at the roadside. This may involve checking the insurance of another car to see if the policy covers the driver driving the car they are currently using, or ringing up an insurance company from the roadside to see if the driver actually does have cover. When these checks fail the car is seized.

I expect there will be a suitable explanation why Song failed to be able to provide evidence of his insurance, after all, it’s not like a multi millionaire would ever have a problem paying his premiums.

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5 comments

  1. Justablackrat says:

    “I expect there will be a suitable explanation why Song failed to be able to provide evidence of his insurance, after all, it’s not like a multi millionaire would ever have a problem paying his premiums.”

    Because he’s an arrogant tosser, which is why he refused details in the first place?

    February 25th, 2011 at 12:28

  2. Fee says:

    Sad to say, he wouldn’t be the first millionaire to think buying insurance (and hence, obeying the law) was for the little people.

    February 25th, 2011 at 13:19

  3. Tony F says:

    Send him to the crushers…

    February 25th, 2011 at 19:16

  4. jaded says:

    Wenger did not see it

    February 25th, 2011 at 19:55

  5. JohnM says:

    If you read the road traffic act 1988 (sections 143-on) you will see that, providing he had made the necessary provision, he did not need “insurance”

    ‘a person must not use, or cause or permit any
    other person to use, a motor vehicle on a road or
    other public place unless there is in force in
    relation to the use of that vehicle by that person
    or that other person, as the case may be, such a
    policy of insurance **or such security** in respect of
    third party risk as complies with the requirements
    of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988.’

    Read section 146

    But professional footballers also do not need to pay attention to being disqualified either……kicking a ball about for millions a year is no guarantee that parts of the brain NOT needed for football work…

    February 26th, 2011 at 09:25

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