By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 19/08 12:40
VEHICLES being driven illegally have been seized from the roads of Matchborough.
A total of eight vehicles were dealt with for having no insurance by West Mercia Police as part of an 'Operation Gravel' crackdown in conjunction with Redditch Borough Council and VOSA yesterday (Thursday).
Automatic number plate recognition technology was used to identify those with no insurance, six of which were seized from the roadside. Two scrap metal dealers were fined £300 each for not being in possession of the correct documentation and a wide variety of motoring offences were dealt with using fixed penalty tickets.
Sergeant Gareth Lougher said residents had raised concerns regarding vehicles being driven illegally in the area and the high-visibility presence had both reassured law-abiding motorists and acted as a deterrent to those who did not have the correct licence, insurance or tax.
"Driving without insurance is a serious matter, and six vehicles being seized in as many hours is a very good result for us.
"One of the vehicles had insurance in place, but checks with the insurers revealed they were unaware the driver had a medical condition which caused him to suffer blackouts, meaning the insurance was invalid.
"Drivers need to be aware that if they have a medical condition which may affect their ability to drive, they must inform their insurers and the DVLA."
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