The results of a VLA OH (1612 MHz) search for OH/IR stars in 7 fields along the galactic plane are presented. Forty-four sources were detected of which 35 were not previously known. It is shown that ''blind'' radio interferometric observations (such as with the VLA) are capable of filling up the gap in the IRAS based OH surveys near the galactic plane. This is important for the dynamical modelling of the disc and bulge of our Galaxy. It is also demonstrated that the high resolution of a synthesis telescope is needed to avoid confusion in the galactic plane. Most detected sources are likely to be young (less than or similar to 1 Gyr) and massive (M(ms) > 2 - 3M.) evolved stars and have high expansion velocities (v(exp) > 14.5 km/s) and small deviations (< 10 km/s) from galactic rotation. Like Baud et al. (1981) we find a peak in the number of sources around l = 25-degrees, a region associated with active star formation and a low number of stars at l = 50 and 100.