Two unroadworthy cars seized in Scarborough following winter road safety checks

Motorists are being urged to check their vehicles are roadworthy this winter after five were seized during a recent road safety operation.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 3:31 pm
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 3:34 pm

Tyres, lights, number plates, wipers and general vehicle condition were checked by officers and crew from Scarborough Fire Station, with 20 motorists being given words of advice. MOT, tax and insurance checks were also carried out and further action was taken for more serious matters.

A further 12 drivers were given notices of intended prosecution for vehicle defects over a ten-day period.

Sixty-one vehicles were inspected at locations in Ryedale, Scarborough, Skipton, Hambleton, York and Harrogate between November 11 and 21.

Two vehicles were seized in Scarborough.

Traffic Constable Jamie Lord said: “Due to the Covid MOT suspension in spring, some vehicles haven’t been tested for almost 18 months now. Despite the extension, motorists still have a legal obligation to keep their vehicles roadworthy.

“Most people do, but a small minority let their vehicles develop serious defects that are both illegal and dangerous – anything that affects stopping distance, handling or visibility can have dire consequences.

“We see serious crashes involving vehicles with bald tyres and other faults, which may have been avoided if they were properly maintained. It’s simply not worth the risk.”

Motorists are advised to check the wear indicators on their tyres – small rubber notches at regular intervals in the tyre tread. If the notches are flush with the tread, it’s time for replacements.

A quick lightbulb check before your next journey is also recommended, as bulbs are prone to blowing at this time of year following greater use.