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Vehicle tax crackdown

Following on from vehicle checks undertaken earlier this month, a second on-the-spot exercise saw further untaxed vehicles clamped at West Park in Long Eaton on Thursday 16 March.

During the morning exercise, 50 vehicles were pulled over for inspection with 19 of these found to have issues.

Nine vehicles were found to have no tax - the cars were all clamped and the drivers must each pay a £100 fine to have their vehicle released after the tax has been paid.

Three vehicles were served prohibition notices by the DVSA which prevented the vehicles being moved until the problems had been rectified. In addition to this, one driver changed a light on site and was free to leave. The police seized one vehicle as the driver did not have insurance and one vehicle was found to have bald rear tyres, these were replaced on site but the owner was reported for a road traffic offence and will be prosecuted by the police. The driver was also arrested for failing to give his identity.

Three drivers were given advice regarding issues with their vehicles which if left could mean they become unroadworthy at a later date, such as legal but low tyre tread.

Seven taxis/private hire vehicles were inspected and all were found to be okay. One driver failed to provide a first aid kit and was served an infringement notice - the infringement was rectified on the day with the driver providing a kit for inspection at the council’s licensing office.

The council’s Neighbourhood Wardens carried out checks on nine waste carrier vehicles and all were found to have the proper documentation.

Erewash Borough Council’s Licensing Enforcement team and Neighbourhood Wardens worked in partnership with Derbyshire Police and officers from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The DVLA team had also run their mobile checks around the borough earlier in the morning when further vehicles were found to be untaxed.

Results from the vehicle exercise carried out on 7 March near Gallows Inn playing fields in Ilkeston:
16 vehicles pulled over
7 vehicles found with no tax and 1 with no insurance or driving licence
2 prohibition notices for vehicle defects
1 served with fixed penalty notice for littering

The council, together with Derbyshire Police, DVLA and DVSA will be making further ad hoc checks in the near future.

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