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Successful clamp down on dangerous vehicles

Kirklees – A night time enforcement exercise aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road took place took place on Friday 13 March, aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road.

Officers from Kirklees Council’s licensing department successfully teamed up with colleagues from W Y Police, Her Majestys Revenue & Customs (HRMC) and the Vehicle Operators Standard Agency (VOSA) to carry out on an enforcement exercise

During the crackdown, which took place in Ravensthorpe, the team stopped over 35 vehicles of which 26 were private hire vehicles.

Of the privately owned cars that were inspected, the police seized one vehicle for no insurance and unsafe parts.  Handed out traffic offence reports (endorsable tickets) to three vehicles, and issued five Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) notices.

A VDRS notice means defects need to be fixed as soon as possible and suitable evidence provided within 14 days. Failure to do so could lead to prosecution, points and a fine.

One car driver was asked to produce evidence of insurance at a police station within 7 days.

The vast majority of offences were for lighting and tyre defects.

Another vehicle was towed away after VOSA stated that it was un-road worthy as the front nearside wheel was about to fail which may have caused serious injury to the owner/driver and other road users.

Twenty-six private hire vehicles were checked to make sure they were appropriately licensed and complied with necessary safety requirements.

Licensing officers and VOSA made two immediate license suspensions – one for exposed tyre cords and the other for the front grille being in dangerous condition with broken/sharp edges.

Twelve delayed license suspensions were handed out – 6 for not having a fire extinguisher, 3 for having tyres close to legal limit, 1 for not displaying a  door sign and 2 for  having defective lights.

Twelve of the private hire vehicles were found to have no defects or breaches of licensing conditions.

Inspector Tim Holland, Kirklees District Partnerships Inspector said:

“The results from the operation are encouraging and should reassure the public that taxis and private hires in Kirklees are generally fit for purpose and most importantly safe. We will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues from the Council, VOSA and HRMC to carry out similar activity in the future. This was also a great opportunity for Special Police Constables to participate in an important public safety exercise which is an integral role in local policing.

Catherine Walters, Kirklees Council Licensing Manager said:

“I’m pleased to see the checking of taxi and private hire vehicles has been a success. They are vitally important to make sure everyone stays safe and I look forward to more such operations happening again in other parts of the district.”

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