This month commemorates the fifth anniversary of the inception of Operation Steerside, a dedicated team established to combat anti-social driving across the district.

Launched in 2019 as a multi-agency partnership, Operation Steerside reflects the district’s sustained commitment to curbing the anti-social use of motor vehicles and addressing hazardous driving practices.

Comprising representatives from Bradford Council, the police, education, and the fire service, the partnership actively listens to community concerns and takes affirmative action to enhance road safety for residents and visitors alike.

To mark the milestone, a week of action kicks off today, Monday 15 January.

Throughout the entire district, officers will employ innovative tactics, deploy additional resources, and receive support from local authority partners.

Key achievements of Operation Steerside since January 2019 include:

  • 2322 Vehicles Seized
  • 11,635 Fixed Penalty Tickets, Traffic Offence Reports, and Vehicle Defect Reports
  • 348 vehicles found untaxed
  • 2186 individuals reported for summons at court
  • 1156 Section 59 warnings issued
  • 520 people arrested
  • 151 breaches of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Inspector Nick Haigh, of Bradford District Police, said; “These fantastic results truly show the partnership’s commitment to tackling the anti-social use of motor vehicles across Bradford District.

“We know that dangerous driving is a significant concern to residents and whilst we carry out patrols seven days a week, this week will see an enhance to our response with additional resources and support from partners.

“Residents can expect to see increased high visibility patrols across the district with the support of local Neighbourhood Police Team teams, roads policing officers and PCSOs.

“Op Steerside is all about making the roads safer and to prevent serious accidents across the district.”

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said;
“Operation Steerside is a testimony to the effectiveness of agencies working together for the common good. Lives have been saved, serious injuries avoided and intelligence gathered which has helped other criminal investigations, thanks to this operation. There is of course still a lot more work to do and we must continue striving to make our roads safer and to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

Individuals with information about dangerous or anti-social driving are urged to contact the Steerside Team via 101 or online. Dashcam footage can also be submitted here.