An operation to target criminals using Swindon’s roads has seen 60 vehicles stopped around the Magic Roundabout this morning.

Officers from the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit were identifying vehicles and pulling them into the County Ground car park for further inspection.

No arrests were made but a number of fixed penalties were handed out.

The aim of the operation was to disrupt criminal activity, to catch those committing driving offences, to remove unsafe vehicles from the road,  drugs checks and to allow vehicle examinations all being carried out.

Among the results of the operation:

  • 7 vehicles were issued with immediate prohibitions by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for no insurance or licence offences.
  • 3 vehicles were imposed with delayed prohibitions – defects must be fixed as soon as possible.
  • 10 Fixed Penalty Notices were given for various offences relating to MOT, number plate offences, defective lamps, overweight and no seatbelts.
  • One vehicle was seized (under S165) as the driver had no insurance.
  • Words of advice given for tinted windows, which were peeled off by the driver.
  • One Stop and Search was carried out and the driver given a street caution after a small quantity of cannabis was located

PC Alex Way, from Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a proactive operation close to the County Ground in Swindon, designed to target motorists who break the law.

“We were on the look out for a range of traffic offences and stopped a total of 60 vehicles to either speak to drivers or take action in the form of fixed penalty notices or traffic offence reports.

“We know the public care about making our roads safer, so I hope this shows that we are taking action and proactively working to educate motorists about the law.”

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