LOWER Valley officers have joined forces with colleagues in roads policing to mount an operation to stop and check vehicles travelling in and out of Brighouse.
The Lower Valley and Wyke Neighbourhood Policing Teams and West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit combined with BT, British Transport Police, VOSA, Customs, Environmental Services, HM Courts and local councillors to monitor cars and commercial vehicles at Wyke at the junction of Whitehall Road and Huddersfield Road.
In one operation 54 vehicles were stopped and three were found to be using illegal fuel. Two were not displaying a current tax disc and a motorist was reported for summons for having no licence or insurance.
Other motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices or prohibitions for safety reasons and were ordered to have their vehicles repaired before they could get back on the road.
Sgt Dean Maddocks, who led the operation, said: “We had received a number of reports of theft of metal and of suspicious vehicles operating in the area. We have also had incidents where suspects have used unsuspecting taxis in a bid to avoid detection.”
Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light) said the police were pulling in for checks any vehicles which did not display a current tax disc and vehicles that appeared to be unroadworthy.
“It was also pleasing to see the checks being made on vehicles carrying scrap metal, to ensure that they were properly licensed, insured and on the type of goods being carried.
“I was surprised by the number found not to have a road fund licence as it is essential for everyone to comply with the requirements. In addition, I was alarmed to hear of those vehicles found to be using the red diesel illegally. Only by everyone paying their fair taxes can society as a whole have the means to fund key essential services in the country.”
He said it was essential that all vehicles were roadworthy in the interests of highway safety and the safety of the community. “I would like to thank the police, others involved in the operation, and for road users who participated when they were pulled in.”