Police in the West Mercia and Warwickshire areas have targeted goods vehicle drivers at Hopwood services in a bid to crack down on drivers with unroadworthy vehicles. Police were stationed at the service station on September 18th to spot those who were travelling while carrying dangerous goods, driving in unroadworthy vehicles or committing traffic offences. Those spotted were questioned by inspectors from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and their vehicles were subjected to a series of checks. A total of 14 vehicles were pulled over and eight of these are now being prosecuted for a range of offences including driving with faulty lights or tyres, carrying dangerous chemicals, having no insurance and using illegal red diesel.
Officers were given powers to issue fixed penalty notices and issue on the spot fines but they also issued road safety advice to drivers. In addition to the prosecutions, four prohibition notices were issued which means that drivers had to leave their commercial goods vehicles at the site as they were unroadworthy. The enforcement action was aimed at drivers who do not abide by road traffic laws and Sergeant Stuart Allen from the operational policing unit in West Mercia and Warwickshire has stated that it could act as a deterrent for those who are thinking of committing similar offences.
Simple road offences could cause a serious accident
Goods vehicle drivers have a large responsibility while on the roads due to their size and the goods they carry. They have a larger chance of causing a fatality on the road if they disregard road safety rules and drive recklessly or drive vehicles which are not roadworthy. A simple tyre check can be the difference between having a safe journey and causing an accident. Drivers who cause an accident on the road can be held liable so, if you have been injured in an accident, you can claim compensation and potentially prevent a future accident from occurring.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown