Seven cabs stopped in police op

DOZENS of vehicles were stopped by Surrey Police in Old Woking as part of an operation to clean up driving offences.

In a four-hour operation on Thursday, July 31, 60 vehicles were pulled over in Westfield Road.

These included seven taxis, one with no MoT, and five waste carriers, one of them unlicensed.

A car that originally caught the attention of the police because of its illegal window tints was seized under the Road Traffic Act.

It transpired that the vehicle belonged to an 81-year-old man who had never taken a driving test and whose provisional licence had expired 10 years previously.

Other offences included using mobile phones while driving,  speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving without insurance.

A number of violations were dealt with by Driver Alert Referrals, while tickets were given for other breaches.

Two Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme notices were handed out. These require the owner to get their vehicle fixed and to provide suitable evidence that the repair has been carried out within 14 days.

If the defect is not put right, the driver faces the prospect of prosecution, points on their licence and a fine.

Casualty Reduction Officer, PC Clive Munns, explained: “The operation was in response to worries raised by the local community.

“I hope our success and actions taken show how seriously we take their concerns.

“Such Roadside Education and Enforcement Days are a chance for police and partner agencies to work together in stopping motoring offences. We even seized a car when it was revealed the driver had never taken a test.

“This shows that just because you are stopped for what might be a fairly minor matter – in this case illegally tinted windows – this does not mean we won’t uncover more serious offences. ”

Officers worked with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Surrey County Council, as well as taxi licensing and environmental teams from Woking Borough Council to complete the operation.

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