City motor menaces target of campaign

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DOZENS of drivers have been served with notices after breaching traffic laws in a city centre.

Durham Constabulary has taken action against cabbies and other motorists in Durham.

Its officers were joined by Durham County Council’s licensing enforcement officers, NSL Ltd and VOSA in the crackdown on Friday and Saturday nights.

With Durham neighbourhood policing team officers taking the lead, the operation focused on Claypath, the Market Place, North Bailey and North Road.

Thirty-six notices were issued over the two nights, nine of them on Claypath.

That included five taxis – one of which had four bald tyres - which were ordered off the road by VOSA.

The notices incur a £30 fine.

Sergeant Ralph Thompson said the weekend’s activity was part of an on-going operation to tackle the problem of drivers who flout parking regulations and carry out road manoeuvres in restricted areas of the city centre.

He added: “Public safety is paramount and we want to ensure that no one is injured in any way due to thoughtless drivers. To that end, these operations involving police and partner agencies will continue over the coming months. The weekend’s activity received very positive feedback from both taxi drivers and members of the public.”