Nine vehicles seized, 30 court actions in pipeline and 20 fines issued in major Kildare garda operation

Trucks and other vehicles targeted at checkpoints

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Nine  vehicles seized, 30 court actions in pipeline  and 20 fines issued by gardai in major North Kildare operation

Some of the cars that were seized yesterday

Gardai in north Kildare launched a major crackdown on road traffic offences and green diesel use yesterday.

The Roads Policing Unit in Naas, working in partnership with gardai from Celbridge, Leixlip, and Kilcock set up an intensive multi-agency operation on June 25.

Assistance on the checkpoints was provided by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Customs, Excise and Revenue officials, members of Naas Roads Policing Unit and Leixlip District Gardai.

The checkpoints were performed at Donaghcomper Celbridge, Carton Demesne Maynooth and Boycetown Kilcock.

A total of 13 offences were detected by the RSA for defects on HGVs while customs officials dipped 50 vehicles for green diesel with one detection.

Gardai said vehicles were also checked for Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) resulting in 10 VRT challenges.

Three vehicles were detained resulting in substantial fines being paid by motorists for release.

"Revenue completed numerous checks - resulting in 20 verification checks re compliance. An Garda Siochana seized nine vehicles under Section 41 Road Traffic Act for no insurance - tax - NCT. One person was arrested for drug driving," said the gardai on a post on the Kildare Garda Division Facebook page.

A total of 20 fines were also issued for various road traffic offences and a further 30 offences were detected, which will result in court proceedings.

"An Garda Siochana would like to thank the public for their patience during this operation," they said.