Police action days to target foreign cars

Inspector Jim Tyner.
Inspector Jim Tyner.

Police are to hold a series of action days to target illegal foreign vehicles in South Holland.

Operation Dalmatian will involve local officers, working with the Roads Policing Unit and other agencies, to conduct a series of “Days of Action” throughout June.

Community Policing Inspector Jim Tyner said: “A number of residents have raised concerns that foreign registered vehicles across South Holland are not taxed, insured, or have current MoT certificates.

“Vehicle testing procedures can be less rigorous in other countries and there is a legitimate concern that some cars in the area may be less road-worthy than they should be, putting road users at risk”.

By law, foreign registered vehicles can be brought into the country temporarily and used for up to six months but, once this period expires, they need to pay a registration fee, road tax and, if more than three years old, get an MoT.

Insp Tyner said: “This is not about targeting individuals because of their nationality and many foreign-registered vehicles are being used perfectly legally.

“The intention of this operation is to actively tackle those who flout the law and to prosecute those offences accordingly.

“I want to reassure residents that we are listening and that their concerns are being addressed by my officers are taking appropriate action”.

Anyone who believes that a foreign registered vehicle is being used illegally, should call 101 or email the details to spaldingestates.npt@lincs.pnn.police.uk