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Northamptonshire Police take 35 vehicles off the road in operation targeting foreign-registered vehicles

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A total of 35 vehicles have been seized by Northamptonshire Police after officers carried out an operation targeting foreign-registered cars and lorries.

Since Monday, roads policing officers have been pulling over vehicles in different locations in the county including Corby, Northampton and on the M1.

The officers were based in Kettering Road and Wellingborough Road in Northampton and seized 10 foreign-registered vehicles because the drivers do not have UK tax or insurance.

In the operations on the M1 on Monday and Wednesday, 12 vehicles were stopped for having no tax and/or insurance, two fines were issued for using a mobile phone while driving and one £200 fine was issued to a lorry driver for tachograph offences.

One car was stopped for driving whilst disqualified, one wanted person was found, one was arrested for immigration offences and one ticket was issued for driving without a seatbelt.

In Corby on Tuesday, 13 foreign registered vehicles were seized for having no tax.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins, one of the officers involved in the operation, said: “By not paying tax these drivers are not contributing towards the upkeep of the UK road network.

“Very often the driver will say they have only just arrived in the country or are leaving this week.

“A great example was a family we stopped on the M1 who said they were leaving the UK as they were fed up of life in England but they only had one bag in the boot.

“So it is not too difficult to work out when people are not telling the truth.”

 

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