Defective and uninsured vehicles were taken off the road following a targeted day of action in Dereham.

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The multi-agency operation included officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Yesterday’s operation was centred around Yaxham Road and 65 vehicles were stopped. Of these, three were seized for being uninsured and six were prohibited from continuing until defects were rectified.

Six vehicles were subject to searches and one vehicle was found to be using unlevied fuel, resulting in the driver having to pay £549 in tax.

Dereham Inspector David Ball, said: “This was a very successful joint operation and is a great example of a multi-agency working.

“The aim of the day was to tackle the unsafe and criminal use of vehicles. As well as seizing three vehicles for being uninsured and finding defects on a number of other vehicles, we also stopped a vehicle that was being driven on kerosene, resulting in the driver having to pay a hefty tax surcharge before it was released.

“This was a very worthwhile operation, the results of which I hope will send out a clear message to those who believe they can evade their legal responsibilities, that they will not go unpunished and we will continue to run operations like this to make our roads safer for everyone.”

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