Illegal drivers being targeted by Morley police

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Motorists driving in Morley without insurance or an MOT are being targeted by police this week.

Operation Champion, which is being spearheaded by the local neighbourhood policing team and supported by Leeds City Council and HM Revenue and Customs, aims to catch drivers who are breaking the law by using vehicles which should not be on the road.

The scheme began on Monday with officers keeping a close eye on cars and vans on the A650 Drighlington Bypass, as well as Fairfax Avenue and Margetson Road in the village.

Efforts then moved to the centre of Morley yesterday, with vehicles on Albert Road and surrounding streets being subjected to checks.

An on Wednesday officers were expected to be in the Tingley area carrying out the operation on Fairleigh Road and Eastleigh Drive.

The scheme is being rolled out after a successful trial by police in Rothwell.

Morley ward manager PC Paul Coates said: “With the assistance of other agencies police will be targeting vehicles and individuals involved in criminality in the Outer South area and deal positively with any criminal offences.”

In accordance with road laws in the UK, drivers without a valid MOT certificate can receive a fine of up to £1,000 while driving without insurance can result in disqualification and an unlimited fine.

Figures released last year suggest uninsured driving remains a problem, with around half a million motorists receiving penalty points between 2011 and 2014.