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Specials Road Operation in Tonbridge is Highly Successful


An operation to combat unroadworthy cars and motoring offences is being heralded as a great success after a team of Special Constables ran a road check in Tonbridge last weekend.


37 Special Constables from the force’s West Division, supported by specials from the roads policing department and regular officers from the motorcycle unit, stopped more than a hundred vehicles during the check on Saturday (25 February) at the Vauxhall Inn car park on Pembury Road in Tonbridge between 9am and 1pm.

Representatives from the UK Border Agency and a police drugs dog also attended to assist in the checks.

Police Car in operation

Amongst those stopped, fines were given to seven drivers for having tinted windows, three drivers for not wearing seatbelts, one for using a mobile phone, four for not displaying a tax disc and one for having no MOT.

Police Constable Ian Packer who organised the operation comments: “I am delighted with the success of this operation, which was set up to take a proactive approach against traffic offences, which are shown to contribute to serious and fatal collisions. This operation has helped to tackle these offences, proving that the Special Constabulary plays a significant role in policing their area.


‘Special Constables have the same powers as regular police officers and provide invaluable support to Kent Police, especially when used to undertake vital proactive campaigns against crime such as this one. For those joining the Specials, it’s a great way to serve your community, get experience working with others and learn important life lessons such as confidence, team working and self discipline. Should anyone wish to join the Special Constabulary, more information can be found on the Kent Police website www.kent.police.uk


Results from roadcheck:

  • 115 vehicles stopped
  • 14 vehicle defects found which must be rectified
  • 6 requests for proof of motor insurance to be provided
  • 7 £30 fines for having tinted windows
  • 1 £30 fine for indicator lights not working
  • 3 £60 fines for not wearing a seatbelt
  • 5 £60 fines and 3 points on licence for having bald tyres
  • 1 £60 fine for no MOT
  • 4 £60 fine for not displaying a tax disc
  • 1 £60 fine and 3 points for using a mobile phone while driving
  • Seizure of knife and arrest for possession of offensive weapon