Wiltshire Police have been carrying out spot checks on vehicles around Marlborough today, with the aim of taking illegal vehicles off the roads.
Our high visibility operation was led by officers from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset Police, and supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Wiltshire Council.
From 8.00am this morning officers were stopping vehicles travelling along the A346 near Marlborough, on the A338 at Burbage, the A4361 in Avebury and the A4 at Froxfield.
PC Marc Jackson said: “There were a number of aims of the operation, firstly to remove illegal vehicles from the roads.
“Our colleagues in the HMRC, VOSA and at the Council were looking for offences relating to their areas of expertise like; the use of red diesel, vehicles that were un-roadworthy and dangerous and those carrying materials they shouldn’t be, for example the carrying of commercial waste which the driver of the vehicle doesn’t have a licence for.
“Also recently there has been a spate of rural offences in this area, like hare coursing and burglaries. Often those criminals use the local roads to great effect in order to commit their crimes – these spot checks help us identify suspicious looking vehicles which could be linked to criminal activity.”
Pete White, Wiltshire Council’s Enforcement Manager for Environmental Crime, said: “We
have been looking for scrap metal dealers who might have been transporting scrap metal without a licence.
“We have also been targeting commercial vehicles who’s drivers may not have been carrying the right documentation for the waste they were transporting. This is one way to combat and to try and stamp out the problem of fly-tipping in our county.”