A POLICE operation targeting dodgy vehicles on one of the main roads into Hillingdon from Hertfordshire has been hailed a success.
Operation Santa, aimed at catching motorists without insurance or car defects, was led by the Northwood Hills Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), together with their counterparts from Northwood, Eastcote, Harefield and Harrow.
The sting took place in Watford Road, at the junction with Elgood Avenue, Northwood Hills, between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Wednesday, December 15.
Five vehicles were stopped for having no insurance, of which four were seized and taken to a local pound.
The four motorists were given £200 fines and six penalty points.
The fifth driver already had nine points on his licence, and must answer charges at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court at a later date, which could result in him being banned from the road.
Fines were also issued to two motorists who failed to maintain their trailer lights and had no brake lights.
Some 57 motorists were stopped during the operation, with many were given verbal warnings on minor traffic issues, before being sent on their way.
Sergeant David Wright, of Northwood Hills SNT, said: "We were targeting motorists entering one of the busiest roads in the borough.
"We want to send a clear message to all motorists that vehicles must be insured and in a roadworthy condition at all times.
"Our intention is to make Hillingdon a safe area to drive throughand aoffences that come to will be dealt with firmly but fairly."
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