Vehicle crack down stops 153 in Hailsham area

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A mobile tyre fitter who had his van impounded after he went to the aid of a customer and was stopped at a vehicle stop check was one of 153 people stopped during a campaign.

The checks were part of Operation Rogue Trader, a multi agency day of action across Sussex to seek out vehicles used by people suspected of rogue trading or other offences.

A total of 153 vehicles were checked.

Of the 153 vehicles checked one was seized and four were reported for insurance.

Seven tickets were issued for vehicles without an MOT, two were clamped for not having tax and VOSA issued 12 prohibition notices for vehicle defects.

The mobile tyre fitter was one motorist who fell foul of the law. He went to deliver a van tyre to a vehicle that had been prohibited by VOSA but, unfortunately, he drew up in a van that wasn’t taxed and didn’t have an MOT. The van was clamped and the fitter disclaimed all rights to the vehicle leading to it being impounded.

Sgt Chris Lane said, “It was unbelievable that he knowingly came to a police vehicle check site in a van with no mot or tax”

“The multi agency team working in Sussex addressed a number of issues and officers visited more than 500 homes in hotspot areas to increase awareness of doorstep crime.”