Lowestoft - 50 vehicles checked during multi-agency day of action
50 vehicles were checked and over 30 Traffic Offence Reports issued during a multi-agency day of action in Lowestoft last week.
Operation Showdown took place on Thursday 16 May, with the aim of disrupting and frustrating the activities of criminals, including organised crime groups, who commit offences across county borders whilst using the road network.
Vehicles identified as being potentially involved in criminality were brought back to a check site in Belvedere Road, where police and partner agencies conducted checks of the vehicles and occupants.
The operation was carried-out by officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team, Road Casualty Reduction Team, Police Dog Unit, Scorpion Team, Commercial Vehicle Unit and Safety Camera Partnership.
Partner agencies present included the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Home Office Immigration, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Highways England Drive for Better Business (DFBB), Waveney Norse, Council Taxi Inspector and Trading Standards.
A total of 50 vehicles were escorted back to the check site, with just 15 of those leaving the site clear of any offences.
One person was reported with a summons to court for fraudulent use of a driving licence and one person was issued with a cannabis warning.
31 Traffic Offence Reports were issued as follows: 14 for not wearing a seatbelt; six for using a mobile phone; four for defective tyres; three for no insurance; two for no MOT; and one each for no driving licence and contravening a red light.
One vehicle defect rectification notice was also issued.
10 people provided negative breath tests and seven people provided negative drug tests.
The Safety Camera Partnership detected 11 speeding offences whilst stationed at locations on Stradbroke Road, Corton Long Lane and in Flixton.
The DVSA issued one immediate prohibition, taking that vehicle off the road straight away; 11 delayed prohibitions; and 37 advisory notices.
The DVLA clamped five vehicles for not having tax and recovered £1,300 in fines. They also recovered £80 from one warning sticker, totalling £1, 380 in monies recovered.
HMRC challenged 23 vehicles checking for illegal fuel and no offences were found and DFBB made 18 referrals.
Waveney Norse spoke with six traders, giving advice to one. Trading Standards made four referrals and the Taxi Inspector found seven infringements.
Inspector Gary Miller, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “This was another productive day of action with 35 vehicles found to be committing offences.
“It was encouraging that everyone who was either breathalysed or drug tested provided negative samples, which I hope is an indication that our repeated message on the dangers of drink/drug driving is getting through.
“We will continue hold these operations across the county on a regular basis, both to target any criminals who may be travelling through Suffolk, but also to remove unsafe vehicles and people driving illegally, making our roads and county as a whole safer for everyone.”
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, said: “Great, proactive partnership working, well done to all involved in this latest Operation Showdown. These multi-agency days of action are just what the public want to see.
“It is so important that vehicles using our county’s roads are roadworthy and those behind the wheel are fit to drive. I am pleased to see none of the drivers tested for alcohol and drugs were over the limit. I hope this suggests the message is getting through eventually. I also hope people take note of these proactive operations and understand that the police are out to get you if you break the law on Suffolk’s roads.”