Police target off-roading on Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain Off Roading February 2019

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:19pm 12th February 2019.

1 car was seized, 5 people were given tickets and several others had warnings during the operation.

Wiltshire and MOD Police officers joined together for a day of action on Sunday (February 10th) on land around Tidworth.

They were especially targeting illegal off-road driving by motorcycles, quads and 4x4s.

Salisbury Plain Off Roading February 2019
A car was seized during the operation

Here's how the operation went:

  • 1 person caught driving whilst disqualified
  • 1 vehicle seized for having no insurance
  • 3 cars found to have defects were issued with notices to fix those defects
  • 2 people were issued with fixed penalty notices for off-road
  • 2 people were issued with anti-social behaviour warnings
  • Several people given verbal warnings or advice on other minor road traffic matters
Salisbury Plain Off Road areas 1 (Faye Marsh)
Off-road tracks like these are popular on Salisbury Plain, but we're asked to only use the allocated ones

Wiltshire Police Acting Inspector John Hutchings and MOD Sergeant Alan Swanwick, who ran the joint operation, were pleased with the results from the team:

"This was one of several joint high profile operations to target illegal activities being conducted on Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) over the coming year. The results serve to confirm the necessity for this policing presence and to ensure the safety of all those who lawfully use the area and respect the rules for doing so.

"Anti-social behaviour with motor vehicles will not be tolerated and persons found committing offences will be dealt with using a range of tactics at our disposal including the seizing of vehicles found committing specific offences.

"Vehicles using the main roads and by-ways across SPTA are required to be fully road legal and to be driven in a responsible manner by drivers and riders who are qualified to do so. Simply put, anything less will not be tolerated and robust action taken against those found committing offences."

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