Police are driving this double decker bus around West Yorkshire to catch dodgy drivers

Police are driving this double decker bus around West Yorkshire in order to catch dodgy drivers and issue fines.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 4:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 4:52 pm

Operation Tellergate is being run by West Yorkshire Police in tandem with Arriva buses.

The operation, which is in it's second year involves a bus provided by Arriva, that is staffed with officers from the local NPT team. Patrolling the local area and supported by marked police vehicles, officers aim to video and document various traffic offences.

In just under two hours, nine vehicles with drivers were recorded for using a mobile phone and issued 6 points with a £200 fine in a patrol of Batley and the surrounding area.

The bus being used for Operation Tellergate, targeting dodgy drivers

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A spokesman for the force said: "One vehicle was in the Cleckheaton area for no insurance and no tax. The driver already has 8 points and now faces losing their license.

"A further vehicle abandoned in the Cleckheaton area, after failing to stop for officers. Seized for no insurance, believed to be a pool car. Enquiries ongoing to locate the driver.

"A third vehicle was seized for no insurance or tax in the Birstall area. The driver was reported for summons as also found to be a disqualified driver.

"Finally, a fourth vehicle was seized in the Heckmondwike area, driver again no insurance and no license.

"He was also found to be in possession of a quantity of various drugs which resulted in officers conducting a house search. The driver currently on his way to custody, arrested for possession of class A and class B controlled drugs with intent to supply and money laundering. The vehicle was also seized and a quantity of cash and drugs were also recovered.

"Officers even managed to attend a report of a child left alone in a car in the Birstall area."