A weekend operation in East London to tackle uninsured drivers led to the arrest of seven individuals.
Under ‘Operation Reclaim’, which took place on Saturday 18 February, Special Constables from a number of boroughs, and officers from the Roads and Transport Police Command – working with colleagues from the Central Motorway Patrol Group, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA) – stopped and checked around 350 vehicles. 25 of those were seized by police for having no insurance.
Stop sites were set up on both sides of New Road in Dagenham, and a number of mobile ANPR vehicles were utilised.
The seven arrests were for offences such as theft of a motor vehicle, disqualified driving and drink and drug driving; and included a driving instructor over the legal limit for cannabis. In addition, 45 further drivers were reported for various driving offences, including no insurance, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving.
Officers from HMRC fined one driver for having red diesel in his vehicle. The lorry was also dealt with for no MOT, no tax, and having an insecure load. The DVSA issued 19 prohibition notices; Barking and Dagenham Council officers issued 15 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs); and the Environment Agency dealt with two drivers for illegal waste management.
Special Sergeant Geoff Tatman, from Greenwich borough, said: “We will always endeavour to deprive criminals the use of roads through uninsured vehicles; and multi-agency operations such as this one will continue in conjunction with the Motor Insurance Bureau.”