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Six vehicles seized in Redditch following police operation
4:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
SIX vehicles were seized during an operation targeting illegal road users in Redditch.
Operation Gravel took place in the Matchborough area on Thursday, August 15.
The multi-agency operation was held by West Mercia Police, with colleagues from Redditch Council and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).
ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology was used to identify vehicles suspected of having no insurance, or otherwise of interest to the police.
Eight vehicles were dealt with for no insurance, six of which were seized from the road side.
Sergeant Gareth Lougher said residents had raised concerns regarding vehicles being driven illegally in the area, and the high visibility presence acted as both reassurance for law-abiding motorists and a deterrent to those who do not have the correct insurance, licence or tax, or who place all road users at risk by driving defective vehicles.
“Driving without insurance is a serious matter, and six vehicles being seized in as many hours is a very good result for us,” he said.
“One of the vehicles had insurance in place, but checks with the insurers revealed they were unaware the driver had a medical condition which caused him to suffer blackouts, meaning the insurance was invalid.
“Drivers need to be aware that if they have a medical condition which may affect their ability to drive, they must inform their insurers and the DVLA.”
Two scrap metal dealers were fined £300 each for not being in possession of the correct documentation, and a wide variety of motoring offences were dealt with by way of fixed penalty tickets.
Sergeant Lougher added: “We regularly hold multi-agency ANPR operations right across North Worcestershire, and others are planned over the coming months.”
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