Only eight out of 40 vehicles stopped and searched yesterday in a multi-agency campaign against unsafe vehicles in Suffolk were free of offences.
Police officers from Suffolk’s Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit (RPFOU), Sudbury neighbourhood response team and staff from a number of other Suffolk Police departments worked alongside Trading Standards and HMRC as part of a day of action at a lorry park on Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds.
Sgt Julian Ditcham said: “We’re continuing to work hard to minimise the amount of dangerous drivers and vehicles using our road network, and we’re really pleased with the results of this operation.
“Offences included vehicles with defective tyres, no MOT, dangerous condition, drivers with no licences and no insurance. The fact that only eight vehicles had no offences shows how important it is that we continue to crack down on drivers, and we will be holding similar days of action in the future.”
The day of action was part of a series of proactive operations that Suffolk Police has carried out throughout the year to disrupt criminal activity taking place across the county.
In total police issued 14 fixed penalty notices for offences of no driving license, no MOT, vehicles in dangerous condition, and defective tyres. Three people were reported for summons for offences of defective tyres, no insurance, and no tax. Two vehicles were seized as a result of the drivers having no insurance and no driving license.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency issued 44 advisory notices, five immediate prohibitions and two delayed prohibitions, and Trading Standards will be carrying out 10 follow up enquiries regarding working practices and legal requirements.