Police lead blitz on vehicles without tax
MORE than 6,000 vehicles passing through some of Grimsby's busiest areas were checked for out-of-date tax discs.
The blitz, led by traffic officers from Humberside Police and Driving Agency officials, targeted motorists travelling along Boulevard Avenue, Westgate and Bargate, with the help of hi-tech monitoring equipment.
Throughout the day 3,500 vehicles were monitored by police and 2,607 surveyed by DVLA.
The police stopped 16 drivers for a variety of offences and one vehicle was impounded for not having insurance.
Meanwhile, DVLA officers clocked an additional 15 cars whose owners will be prosecuted for having no tax.
They were pulled up using a hi-tech camera which instantly alerted an on-board computer checking valid tax discs. And that, in turn, led to the drivers being quickly identified.
Those proved to have no road tax will be given a fixed-penalty ticket, with the fines ranging in cost depending on how long the vehicle has been without a tax disc. A DVLA spokesman said: "Most people appreciate it and the majority are taxed.
"People are used to cameras operating at the roadside.
"The automatic number plate recognition system instantly identifies who has and who has not got a valid disc."
For Humberside Police, PC Nigel Humberstone said the roadside check also identifies which drivers are not insured.
He said: "Most people are supportive when we stop them because they do not want to be hit by an uninsured driver.
"About 90 per cent of them are happy with the check."
He added: "People know we have the technology to prove their insurance details and they can't argue with that."
He said motorists can sometimes be surprised with the evidence.
PC Graham Smaller said: "Sometimes if there has been a family breakdown, a partner will cancel payments for insurance. But people can check their own details with the Motor Insurance Bureau themselves."
It can be checked by logging on to www.mib.org.uk
If a vehicle is uninsured, police have the power to impound it immediately and drivers face fines of £120 and an extra £20 per day for each 24-hour period that their car remains impounded.
Roads Policing Inspector Paul Sergeant said: "Current statistics indicate that around 32 per cent of all motor vehicles seized across the Humberside area relate to uninsured vehicles and unlicensed drivers.
"The aim of this campaign is to provide high-visibility patrols in an attempt to remove illegal vehicles from the roads, thus making the roads in Humberside a safer place for people who live and travel here."