Police are holding a high-visibility day in Kettering today (Thursday, March 13) as part of a crackdown on vehicles without insurance.
Working with partner agencies – Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), a taxi licensing team from Kettering Borough Council and Trading Standards – police have set up a base for the day in the Northfield Retail Park in Northfield Avenue.
Yesterday (Wednesday), they were based in St James Industrial Estate in Corby.
One of the first vehicles to be seized was a Vauxhall van, which was not insured.
Sergeant Wayne Kenny, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We are looking for those vehicles that are unroadworthy or uninsured, and trying to increase public reassurance.
“We have had some good results today. Yesterday in Corby we stopped 32 vehicles altogether, and four had no insurance.
“This is part of a force-wide operation. We try to do these days as often as we can, but to get a site like this set up takes a little bit more work.”
Asked what happened to those drivers found to be illegal, he said: “People can be given a warning to get defective lights repaired within two weeks, but vehicles with no insurance will be seized straight away.”
He also said officers wanted to educate drivers, adding that some passengers had been found to be travelling without seatbelts.
The police are taking part in a Europe-wide campaign to clamp down on those not wearing a seatbelt.