A joint operation run across South Manchester on Tuesday 12 June resulted in 21 vehicles being taken off the road.
Fourteen were deemed unsafe and seven were uninsured.
The seizures were carried out as part of Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP’s) Dicing with Death campaign, which is focused on improving road safety after a shocking increase* in road deaths across the region in 2011.
Officers from GMP’s Road Policing Unit set up check points across the area and used mobile automatic number plate recognition kits to target vehicles being driven illegally.
They were supported by staff from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and Marstons Debt Recovery.
In addition, police issued 118 fixed penalty notices for a range of motoring offences amounting to more than £10,000, and recovered £3,161 in unpaid fines.
Three vehicles were also fined for using red diesel.
Sergeant Adam Greenslade of Greater Manchester Police’s Specialist Operations Branch said: “We are committed to making communities safer by tackling crime and improving road safety. Through operations like this we can quickly identify vehicles that are unsafe, uninsured, untaxed or do not have a valid MOT.
“Not only is this an offence, but research shows that many vehicles driven without proper documentation are likely to be used in crime. By impounding them we can disrupt, and in some cases detect, illegal activity, making life more difficult for criminals.”
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* Note: 75 people lost their lives on the roads of Greater Manchester in 2011, an increase of 42 per cent on the previous year which reversed a long term downward trend in road deaths.