Road Safety Checks Uncover More Than Motoring Offences

An event held in saw drivers given advice as their vehicles were checked to make sure they are safe, road-legal, insured, and properly taxed.

Stop-checks were made on cars at Norwood in Beverley on Wednesday, 29 September, to help keep everyone on the East Riding’s roads as safe as possible.

Councillor , portfolio holder for highways and emergency planning, said: “Reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is a very high priority for this council.

“Uninsured drivers put the lives and wellbeing of others at risk every time they get behind the wheel.”

“By working together with other agencies and holding events like this we can help protect the responsible and careful drivers of the East Riding from those with no license or insurance, in vehicles which are not road-worthy who are driving illegally and without regard for any other road user.”

Officers from the council, HM Revenue and Customs and joined forces to stop private and commercial vehicles to make a variety of checks. Up to 80 vehicles were stopped and inspected as part of the multi-agency operation.

One vehicle was found without insurance, one was prohibited from driving for safety reasons, three had illegally tinted windows and eight had defects.

A total of 22 people were found not to be wearing seat belts, and four people were found using mobile phones while driving.

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One driver was summoned to court for a bald tyre while one was found without a valid MOT.

Further investigations will be made by the council’s trading standards service on five potentially illegal traders and the council will also investigate one illegal waste carrier.

, head of streetscene services, said: “It makes perfect sense that a unified approach to this kind of work is used to tackle a wide range of motoring offences from highway safety to environmental concerns.

“I’m pleased that the day was a success. The results clearly demonstrate the importance of inter agency and inter departmental working and what can be achieved when we our resources and work together.”

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