Police crackdown on illegal vehicles

NUMEROUS motorists were stopped in Haywards Heath and East Grinstead last week as part of Operation Vanquish.

Police officers were joined by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Mid Sussex District Council Taxi Licensing and Waste Management to carry out the initiative in the Mid Sussex area.

Operation Vanquish is part of an ongoing road safety strategy, working with partner agencies to target drivers and vehicles that should not be on the road.

Vehicles were checked using a range of methods including automatic number plate recognition cameras; those found to be committing offences were dealt with by the appropriate agency. Any vehicle found to be in a unroadworthy condition had their use prohibited until they had the essential repairs carried out.

A police spokesperson said: “Despite great improvements in technology and legislation to detect and prosecute uninsured and untaxed drivers, some motorists still feel that they can drive around in unroadworthy vehicles without the relevant documents.

“All too often the same cars have no insurance, noMOTand are quite often unregistered to the current keeper; many have other defects which make them hazardous on the road. Operation Vanquish is very highly visibile and delivers a short, sharp shock, getting these vehicles removed from the roads.

“The message is clear - if your vehicle is on the road, it must be roadworthy, taxed and insured or you run the risk of having it seized and crushed.”

Over the two day operation a number of vehicles were found to have defects and received prohibitions. Tickets were issued for a number of offences including using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seat belt and defective tyres.

Operation Vanquish will be continuing throughout Sussex.