Erewash Borough Council Licensing Enforcement Officer Zoe Bull joins one of the police officers during the vehicle checks.
On-the-spot vehicle checks saw untaxed vehicles clamped during a major multi-agency exercise that took place near Ilkeston’s Gallows Inn playing fields this week (Tuesday 7 March). During the four-hour exercise, 16 vehicles were pulled over and nearly half were found to have no tax – with one driver found to have no insurance, no driving licence and no tax. Seven vehicles in total were found to have no tax, with one further motorist also found to have no insurance. The cars were all clamped and the drivers must each pay a £100 fine to have their vehicle released once the tax has been paid. In addition, two vehicles were served prohibition notices for vehicle defects and one was given advice. One driver was served with a Fixed Penalty Notice for littering.
As well as checking motorists, the exercise was also aimed at checking business vehicles had 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). Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is partnership working at its best – a proactive crackdown aimed at finding those businesses and motorists who flout the law. This should serve as a warning to other drivers and businesses to ensure they properly tax, insure and maintain their vehicles as we will hold future on-the-spot checks like this.”
The DVLA team had also run their mobile checks around the borough earlier in the morning when further vehicles were found to be untaxed.