Operation to tackle criminals using Hertfordshire road network
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An operation was held across various locations in Hertfordshire on Wednesday (26 October) to target criminals using the road network.
Op Agrarian saw officers join forces with representatives from partner agencies including local councils, Trading Standards, the Environment Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Commercial vehicles were stopped and examined in East Herts, Broxbourne, North Herts, Stevenage and Hertsmere to ensure they were in a road worthy condition and had the correct licenses to operate.
During the day:
Almost 170 vehicles were stopped
15 waste licence offences were identified
15 vehicles were prohibited from being used until they were made road worthy
19 Traffic Offence Reports (TOR)* were issued
Three vehicles were seized for having no licence/insurance
One person dealt with for a drug offence
Sergeant Terry Alcock, from the East Herts Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team who coordinated the operation, said: “Operations such as this enable us to proactively gather intelligence about who is travelling through the area, as well as detecting and preventing crimes such as fly-tipping and theft of fuel. It also allows us to remove potentially dangerous vehicles from our road network.
“It’s an excellent example of partnership working, which I hope provides reassurance to our local communities.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to those who assisted at the event and to the many law-abiding motorists for their patience and understanding in supporting these proactive operations.”
* A TOR can be issued by police for a minor road traffic offence and can lead to drivers receiving a fine, points on their licence or a court summons.