Police stopped more than 20 vehicles during a special operation in Northumberland.
Operation Gatsby – which is run by Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team – was carried out in the town on Wednesday and saw local officers work with partners from the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The operation was aimed at stopping and dealing appropriately with defective and untaxed vehicles, vehicles using red diesel and those being driven without insurance.
Four vehicles had defects so serious that VOSA officers immediately issued prohibition notices, while HMRS checked the fuel tanks for those that were being driven illegally using red diesel, and one driver was issued with an on-the-spot fine of £500 for the offence.
Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: “It’s important that we continue to carry out these road safety operations to identify vehicles which are defective. This enforcement action will help to keep everyone safe on our roads.
“This is an issue our community tell us is very important to them which is why we responded with this enforcement activity.
“Motorists who drive on our roads in defective vehicles and those using vehicles without insurance pose a serious threat to other road users.
“By working alongside our partner agencies we can effectively deal with a range of traffic-related issues by issuing immediate fines and taking dangerous vehicles off the road.
“These latest results show it is necessary for us to continue this joint operation in future. Keeping our roads safe is a priority for us which means cracking down on rogue drivers.”
Anyone with concerns can contact police on 101 ext 69191 or 999 in an emergency.