3rd Dec, 2016

Vehicle check carried out in Solihull to disrupt regions' criminals

Shaun Reynolds 4th Dec, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A VEHICLE check has been carried out by Solihull Council to help disrupt criminal activities in the region.

47 vehicles, including HGVs, taxis and vans were checked over the course of the exercise at the NEC with officers from the council, police and other enforcement agencies present.

The exercise is designed to identify motorists committing traffic offences – and subsequently gather intelligence which can be shared between the various enforcement bodies to discover any other potential crimes.

Throughout the check, five vehicles received immediate prohibitions with three more receiving delayed notices for a range of defects from faulty brakes to damaged windscreens.

Three vehicles were seized for having no insurance while two vehicles were to have MOT.

One driver was arrested by the Police as he was wanted in connection over an alleged assault.

Coun Karen Grinsell, cabinet member for stronger communities and partnerships, said: “I would like to thank all those involved for their efforts on this exercise.

“This was a successful operation highlighting the value of partnerships in helping to make Solihull a safer place to live, work and travel.”

Jared White, chief inspector of central motorway police group, said: “Through a combination of enforcement and educational activity we are committed to reducing the number of uninsured motorists on our roads.

“It is essential that motorists also help us to improve the safety of themselves, other motorists and pedestrians by carrying out simple safety checks on their vehicles and reduce the number of avoidable collisions.”