Cops in cars crack­down


Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News - By AN­DREW ROBIN­SON an­drew.robin­[email protected]­ @An­drew_Robin­son

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

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