Cars taken off the road in a crackdown
On Friday 26 April, our MOT testers and licencing officers worked with police and the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency to conduct random checks on licensed vehicles in Huddersfield Town Centre.
How many vehicles were inspected?
A total of 37 vehicles were inspected, with six immediately having their licences suspended and taken off the road.
Why were the suspensions given?
Suspensions were given for a number of reasons such as not having a diesel particulate filter, warning lights illuminated on the dashboard, faulty headlights, and other mechanical faults which would have resulted in an MOT fail.
Other vehicles found with defects
Seven of the other vehicles were found to have defects and were given orders for repairs to be carried out. The defect sheets were issued for missing fire extinguishers, slight play in suspension and steering joints, low tyre tread and worn brake pads.
Karl Battersby, Strategic Director for Economy and Infrastructure at Kirklees Council, said:
“These random checks are carried out regularly to ensure vehicles on the streets in Kirklees are safe and are not putting residents at risk.
It’s a great example of how we work closely with other organisations to make a real difference which in this case could save someone’s life.
We will continue to do what we can but as the owner or driver of a licensed vehicle it is your responsibility to make sure the vehicle you’re driving is fit for the road. Cars need to meet a certain standard for a reason and faults could lead to accidents and even fatalities.”