“IF it gets uninsured cars off the road I’m all for it.”
That was the view of motorist Mark Heppenstall, 28, from Elland who was one of dozens of drivers stopped by police in Huddersfield yesterday in a bid to clamp down on uninsured drivers.
Operation Northolt is a multi-agency approach to tackling Kirklees’ uninsured and unroadworthy vehicles by stopping them in their tracks.
The high-visibility operation, which ran for six hours, saw motorists diverted into the Leeds Road playing fields car park, where officers and Vehicle Licensing Agency staff then checked their paperwork and vehicles.
The operation resulted in 88 vehicles being stopped.
The large majority were given the all-clear, including Mark, who was on his way home in his Vauxhall Astra when he was stopped by police.
But the operation did result in one seizure for no insurance. One motorist committed a driving licence offence and there were three seat-belt-related offences and one vehicle with no MOT.