Operation targets dangerous drivers

A scrap tailer stopped by police at the Tyne Tunnel.

A scrap tailer stopped by police at the Tyne Tunnel.

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A host of dangerous drivers and vehicles have been taken off the roads.

Officers from Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department were joined by colleagues from the HMRC and VOSA for an operation at the Tyne Tunnel.

They were carrying out stop checks as part of Operation Overlord which looked to identify any defects that could pose a danger to other road users.

More than 50 vehicles were stopped and police issued nine drivers with PG9 prohibitions for vehicle defects, five fixed penalty notices and two verbal warnings for driving offences.

Five vehicles were seized by police for offences included driving without insurance, driving without a licence, using a vehicle in a dangerous condition and fuel duty evasion.

The activity supports the ongoing work of the Op Dragoon team who work with motor patrol officers to remove dangerous drivers from our roads.

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “This was a great example of partnership working that could have prevented those stopped from causing a major accident in the future.

“Motorists need to be aware that the smallest defect to your vehicle could have a huge impact if you need to stop suddenly or take evasive action on the road.

“We want to make the north east roads as safe as possible and build upon the good work being done by the Op Dragoon team to take any dangerous drivers off our roads.”

“If you’re thinking of taking a chance with a broken headlight or a wobbly exhaust then think again – we won’t let you get away with it.”

To report a dangerous driver to police contact the Op Dragoon team by calling 101.