Hampshire Constabulary and the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) have carried out a successful joint operation on the Isle of Wight.
Officers from the Roads Policing, Neighbourhood Policing, and Commercial Vehicle Unit teams assisted the DVLA to target unlicensed, uninsured, and untaxed vehicles on the Island on November 15 – 16.
A total of 44 vehicles were seized in the operation.
Sergeant Simon Morgan from the Isle of Wight’s Roads Policing Team said: ”I’m pleased that this joint operation was so successful and would like to thank our colleagues from the DVLA. There is a clear link between unlicensed, untaxed, and uninsured vehicles, and other forms of criminal activity or road safety.
“This is the fourth campaign that we’ve participated in with the DVLA on the Isle of Wight in recent years, It’s clear that the number of vehicles we identify, which do not have the correct credentials or paperwork, is decreasing each time. That shows the positive outcome of operations like this.
“We will continue to work with DVLA and other partner agencies in the next year to continue to improve road safety and to target vehicles and people that should not be on the Islands roads.”
Tim Burton, DVLA’s head of enforcement said: “We operate a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid, including online vehicle taxing and Direct Debit. We also continue to send reminder letters to vehicle keepers, which is why it is so important they notify us of a change of address or keeper.
“It is right that action is taken against those who don’t tax their vehicles and then drive them otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to those who do the right thing. We are pleased to work with Hampshire Constabulary to make sure these untaxed vehicles are not driven on the road.”