More than 90 vehicles stopped in joint police operation

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:04 29 March 2016

The exercise, called Operation MASCOT, was led by police in partnership with HM Revenue and Customs and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

More than 90 vehicles were stopped in a motoring operation carried out in Honiton last week.

The exercise, called Operation MASCOT, was led by police in partnership with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The operation encompassed Battishorne Way and the A375 Sidmouth Road in Honiton on Monday (March 14).

Minor issues were dealt with by way of words of advice, while one driver was dealt with for having no insurance on their vehicle.

DVSA issued six immediate and seven delayed prohibitions for vehicle defects - three immediate prohibitions were for bald tyres and defective lights while another was for an overloaded vehicle.

Of the delayed prohibitions, three were for suspension defects and one was for illegal tint on the windows.

PCSO Steve Mingo, of Honiton’s neighbourhood beat team, said: “Monday’s stop checks were part of a national operation aimed at tackling unsafe and unroadworthy vehicles using our road network.

“It is important that drivers take responsibility to make sure their vehicle is roadworthy to ensure the safety of themselves, their passengers and other road users.

“Recently, there has been a trend among ‘boy racers’ where people will intentionally lower their vehicle’s suspension along with other modifications. What people don’t realize is that this is a vehicle defect that is unsafe and the vehicle inspectorate will issue a prohibition for it.

“During this operation we saw an instance where the lowered suspension had ground against the tyres, meaning the driver was potentially using an unsafe vehicle with no grip.”


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