WISBECH: Joint operation success

More than 18 vehicles were stopped during a joint operation between police and partner agencies in an area of Wisbech.

The operation was held on Tuesday (February 5) in Lynn Road, Colville Road, Clarkson Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road and aimed to crackdown on illegal use of workforce vehicles.

Police took action against a total of 20 vehicles with 57 offences being identified; eight were issued with prohibition notices and 17 offences were reported including failing to maintain proper tachograph records, no tax and failure to keep records of work.

Three fixed penalty notices were issued for tachograph offences and failing to ensure proper use of recording equipment.

Three fixed penalty notices were issued for going through a red light, having no tax and using a mobile phone while driving.

Ten drivers were reported for summons for incorrect type of MOT, no operator’s license, no tachograph, failure to keep records of work, no insurance, vehicle in a dangerous condition, defective tyres, failure to wear a seat belt and using a mobile phone while driving.

The Gangmasters Association (GLA) served 16 enforcement notices for licensing offences.

Sergeant Gary Williams said: “This operation sent a firm message to employers, with some on-the-spot £200 fines being issued.

“It was a huge success with each agency utilising their area of expertise to full effect, working together to make the roads and the public safe.

“There was a visible police presence in the area throughout the day, which can also help deter crime and anti-social behaviour.”