Police crackdown on faulty vehicles

Lincolnshire Police has launched a crackdown on defective vehicles in South Holland.
Lincolnshire Police has launched a crackdown on defective vehicles in South Holland.

Motorists using vehicles with faulty lights and other defects could face on-the-spot fines or a court appearance under a police crackdown in South Holland.

Patrols will be on the lookout for defective vehicles across the district after concerns were raised by members of Holbeach Town and Rural Community Policing Panel.

During a meeting at the University of Lincoln Holbeach Campus on Wednesday, panel members identified the issues of defective vehicles on South Holland’s road as a priority for police.

Faulty lights in particular were highlighted ahead of longer nights and difficult weather conditions as clocks go back one hour this weekend.

Panel chairman Coun Mike Pullen said: “This issue is something of great importance to us and the whole community of South Holland, so we are pleased the police are taking action on it,”

Motorists with defective vehicles who are stopped by police could be dealt with by a fine, reported to court or given a limited time to repair faults under the Vehicle defect Rectification Scheme.

Holbeach Community Beat Manager, PC Matt Breathwick, said: “The course of action taken by police when a vehicle is stopped is at the discretion of the officer and will depend on the nature of the defect and other circumstances.”