A police operation on Thursday saw 16 vehicles issued with prohibition notices.
Police in Huddersfield have taken a number of vehicles off the road in a crackdown on vehicle defects in the town.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police worked alongside DVSA (VOSA) vehicle examiners, HMRC Fuel revenue protection, KMC taxi licensing, WYP student Officers and tutors and British Transport Police.
Random vehicles were selected from the road including commercial vehicles, private hire, hackney carriages and private motor cars. These vehicles were directed and requested to attend a holding point. On arrival the vehicle and occupants were checked for their lawfulness to be driven on a public highway.
Documents were checked against police computer systems and the vehicles were checked for roadworthiness.
Any document offences or vehicle defects resulted in either verbal warnings or fixed penalty notices or reports for summons.
The results were:
16 vehicles that had serious enough defects that drivers were prohibited from driving on the public roads. These defects related to defects with brakes, lights, tyres and suspension.
9 vehicles were that serious that immediate prohibitions were issued and the other 7 were suspended prohibition. Many of these vehicles required the driver to arrange a recovery operator to attend at their cost to remove the vehicle to a repair facility. Once the repair has been carried out and a new MOT done the prohibition will be lifted;
1 vehicle was seized by police for no insurance;
5 Vehicle defect rectification (VDRS) notices issued to vehicles that had defects requiring attention;
5 Traffic offence reports (TORs) issued to drivers that had defects on vehicles that will be dealt with by fine / points.
12 licensed vehicles were examined yesterday by Kirklees council taxi licensing. 10 were found to be roadworthy, 2 had their taxi licenses suspended. 2 for not displaying the correct signage, which is a breach of conditions, the other for a mechanical defect.
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 to many different 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 the West Yorkshire’s road network, you can contact the police directly via 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”