Drivers must ensure cars and tyres are fit for use on UK roads or face consequences, a member of the Durham Constabulary's strategic road policing unit has warned.
Inspector Lee Morris issued the warning in a recent interview with the Sunderland Echo, which came in the wake of a major crackdown on cars deemed unfit for the road in the region.
As part of the clampdown, police have issued hundreds of Vehicle Defect Rectification (VDR) notices to drivers in the Durham area, with these warnings calling for immediate repairs.
Damage includes worn tyres, faulty exhausts and problems with car lights with police calling on drivers to make repairs within 14 days of the VDR or face court action.
Failure to do so could result in fines, points on their license and additional court costs.
Inspector Morris said: “If you get stopped because somebody’s seen a fault, rather than get a defect notice and go through that process and see them go to court. We would prefer them to use the money to do the repair than pay a fine."
The comments come amid calls for drivers to check vehicles thoroughly before travelling.
Recent research by Allianz showed that 27 per cent of drivers surveyed admitted to failing to undertake proper safety checks before driving.