Police teams tackle illegal motorists in road crackdown

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BALBY residents have had their concerns about uninsured and untaxed vehicles in their area addressed thanks to a police crackdown.

Officers from Balby and Hexthorpe Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) have been listening to residents’ concerns regarding the legality of vehicles in the area.

Concerns were brought to the attention of the team that a number of vehicles were believed to be uninsured, untaxed and not roadworthy.

The SNT set up an operation to tackle the problem involving South Yorkshire Police’s road policing group and automatic number plate recognition team and officers from the customs and immigration bodies.

As a result 50 vehicles were stopped and checked - one was found using red diesel and the car was seized. Another two were not insured and were also seized.

One driver was given a prohibition notice for his vehicle being in a dangerous condition.

Hexthorpe sergeant Chris Simpson said: “This operation should reassure our local community that their SNT listen to their concerns and worries.

“Hopefully the results will have a positive effect on the community and further encourage them to come forward and contact us if they have any problems or issues in their area.”

South Yorkshire Police is continuing to warn drivers about the consequences of not insuring your vehicle following the operation.

Uninsured driving adds around £30 a year to every honest motorist’s insurance premium.