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Fast new system will catch dodgers

PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

TAX dodgers beware - because Ipswich has a new weapon in the quest to catch car drivers who flout the law.

Police are now out and about with a new state of the art camera system that can identify in record time drivers who have no valid tax.

TAX dodgers beware – because Ipswich has a new weapon in the quest to catch car drivers who flout the law.

Police are now out and about with a new state of the art camera system that can identify in record time drivers who have no valid tax. Yesterday was the first day of the nation wide initiative aimed at lowering the number of illegal drivers on our roads.

The cameras, one of which is situated on the A12 at Copdock, take a digital picture of the car and sends it to the DVLA straight away. The DVLA can then tell instantly if the car has a valid tax disc.

The camera is attached to a car making it portable and far more successful in identifying cars that do not have tax.

A spokeswoman from the DVLA said: "This is an on-going scheme which allows us to go in to many different areas and target a far wider range than before.

"Already we have had reports that in its first day there have been one hundred hits on Old Brompton Road in London. This is a very instant system which will catch those who think they are beyond the law."

A spokesman from Suffolk Police said they are fully supporting the new scheme.

"We actively support the work of the DVLA. Experience has shown that some people who do not have also do not bother with insurance or MOTs. Anything that helps to cut the amount of vehicles that are not roadworthy on our roads is to be encouraged and fully supported."

Weblink: www.dvla.gov.uk

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