Two vehicles seized as police target dangerous drivers

A scaffolding truck is seized by police during an operation at the Tyne Tunnel as the driver had no licence.
A scaffolding truck is seized by police during an operation at the Tyne Tunnel as the driver had no licence.

Two motorists have had their vehicles seized after being caught driving without a licence.

Northumbria Police teamed up with partners to take a host of dangerous drivers off the roads.

Officers from the Operations Department were joined by representatives from HMRC and VOSA at the Tyne Tunnel today (Thursday).

They were carrying out stop checks as part of Operation Overlord which is aimed at identifying vehicles with defects that could pose a danger to other road users.

More than 20 vehicles were stopped and one person was arrested for outstanding matters.

The action also saw:

• Two vehicles seized by police for driving without a licence.

• Nine prohibitions issued by VOSA for vehicle related offences.

• Two drivers summonsed for driving without a licence.

• Two drivers issued with substantial fines for fuel evasion after being caught using red diesel in a motor vehicle on a road.

Operations Inspector Mick Brown said: “This was a great example of partnership working that will have prevented these drivers and vehicles causing a major accident in the future.

“Motorists need to be aware that even 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 tackle dangerous drivers.

“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.”

Northumbria Police have been running Operation Dragoon since summer 2014 which has had a huge impact on making the region’s roads a safer place.

They have secured hundreds of convictions after targeting dangerous drivers in the north east by gathering intelligence from our local communities.

If you suspect anyone of breaking the law or driving dangerously then contact the team by calling 101.