Operation tackles illegal vehicles
19 October 2011
Nearly 90 vehicles were stopped at the end of last week in a
national campaign which targets commercial lorries, vans and trucks
being used illegally.
In the first joint Norfolk and Suffolk Road Policing initiative,
Operation Mermaid Five, held at Jupiter Road in Norwich on Thursday
13 October and Rougham Lorry Park in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 14
October 2011, saw officers work in conjunction with the ANPR
(Automatic Number Plate Recognition) Intercept Team as well as
partner agencies including VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services
Agency), HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) Road Fuel Testing Unit, UK
Border Agency (UKBA) and Trading Standards to target all kinds of
crime involving vehicles.
Of the 87 vehicles which were escorted to the check sites;
several were issued with advisory notices, ten Immediate
Prohibitions were issued, 20 Delayed Prohibitions were issued and
five vehicles was seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act
for offences of no insurance and driving other than in accordance
with a licence.
Additionally, 34 fixed penalty notices were issued for offences
including use of seat belts, tinted windows, defective tyres and
lights, being in a dangerous condition and use of a mobile phone.
One man was arrested for over-staying in the United Kingdom and
three vehicles were seized with full tanks of red diesel. In
Suffolk, officers from Trading Standards also made several
enquiries with local traders with ten follow up enquires recorded
regarding trade registration and deception (rogue traders).
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, Roads Policing, welcomed the
operation saying: “This initiative can be viewed as a success with
officers from across the agencies sending a positive and firm
message to road users within our counties that we are working
together to detect and deal with offenders on the roads of Norfolk
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