Cops in cars crackdown
ROGUE VEHICLES TAKEN OFF ROADS AS POLICE GET TOUGH ON DRIVERS
POORLY maintained vehicles were taken off the roads by police in a renewed crackdown on drivers who flout the rules.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police discovered 16 vehicles with serious defects during random stop checks on Leeds Road last Thursday.
Nine of those vehicles had defects so serious that they were taken off the road, forcing the drivers to arrange for a recovery vehicle to attend.
Seven of the 16 were handed suspended prohibitions.
The defects related to brakes, lights, tyres and suspension.
Other results were:
One vehicle seized for no insurance;
Five vehicle defect rectification notices issued to vehicles that had defects requiring attention;
Five traffic offence reports (TORs) issued to drivers that had defects on vehicles that will be dealt with by fine/points;
Twelve licensed vehicles were examined by Kirklees Council taxi licensing: 10 were found to be roadworthy, two had their taxi licences suspended. Two for not displaying the correct signs, which is a breach of conditions, and one had a mechanical defect.
The operation included DVSA vehicle examiners, HMRC fuel revenue staff, British Transport Police and Kirklees Council licensing officers
Pc Steve Nicholls, who led the operation, said: “These operations will be conducted again in the near future at different locations within Kirklees to disrupt the criminal use of the road network and bring to justice those persons who do not comply with the requirements of driving a motor vehicle on a public road. The emphasis is to educate people, not prosecute them, but certain issues are that serious that prosecution is the only option.
“We work closely with many dif- ferent partner organisations and services on these planned operations, as they are the specialists in their particular role, and are the ideal organisation to identify the issues.
“If you have any information about others that you know are committing offences on West Yorkshire’s road network, you can contact the police directly via 101 or through Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
This car with a makeshift horn was among those stopped
A bald tyre on one of the vehicles seized