Vehicle checks in operation

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DANGEROUS driving and poor vehicle maintenance are being targeted by police in a crackdown aimed at making Derbyshire’s roads safer.

Officers from Shirebrook safer neighbourhood team have joined forces with roads policing officers, the casualty reduction and enforcement support team, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and HM Revenue and Customs.

During a checkpoint set up on Sunday seven minibuses, two cars and a moped were taken off the road after drivers were found without insurance or licences.

Four motorists were stopped for not wearing their seatbelts and two drivers were pulled up for using their mobile phones.

VOSA vehicle examiners found three vehicles with defects which meant they were too dangerous to be on the road and issued immediate prohibition notices.

In addition, HMRC seized one vehicle after it was found to be running on untaxed, red diesel.

Sergeant Matt Troth said: “It is disappointing to see so many people are not taking the safety of themselves or other road users seriously by driving illegally, not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phone behind the wheel.”