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Drivers fined after major crackdown on St Helens roads
FINES totalling £1,200 were dished out after reckless drivers were caught during a crackdown on unlicensed, untaxed and unroadworthy vehicles.
Nearly half of the 50 vehicles pulled over at Burtonhead Road are to face further action.
One driver was arrested for allegedly driving while disqualified, while another was found to be using red diesel – the heating and agricultural fuel that is not subject to tax.
One of the vehicles was subsequently seized by officers.
A total of eight people were found not to be wearing seatbelts while others were fined for having bald tyres.
The joint operation in St Helens - involved customs officers, police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) – Councillor Richard McCauley said: “The operation was a tremendous success – stopping several people in their tracks who should not have been on the road in the first place “It sends a clear message to those who flout the law that at some stage they will be caught and dealt with by the legal system.”
A similar crackdown is already being planned for the coming months.