September 24th, 2016

Police blitz targets goods vehicle drivers

Police blitz targets goods vehicle drivers Police blitz targets goods vehicle drivers
Updated: 10:20 am, May 07, 2015

DRIVERS could be facing court action after a police blitz on vehicles carrying goods in Hopwood.

Officers from West Mercia and Warwickshire Police were on the M42 and A441 near Hopwood Services last Thursday (September 18) to spot commercial drivers who were travelling in unroadworthy vehicles, committing traffic offences or carrying dangerous goods.

A total of 14 vehicles were diverted to the services where inspectors from Her Majesty’s Revenue Customs (HMRC) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) questioned drivers and checked over their vehicle.

As part of the checks, people inside the vehicles were educated on road safety and officers also had the power to issue fixed penalty notices and on the spot fines.

Eight of the drivers and passengers who were stopped are now being prosecuted for a range of offences including using illegal red diesel, having no insurance, carrying hazardous chemicals, as well as faulty lights and tyres.

A total of four prohibition notices were also issued meaning drivers had to leave their vehicle at the site because they were not roadworthy.

Sgt Stuart Allen, from the operational policing unit for both forces, said the day provided a highly visible deterrent to motorists who believed the could use the roads illegally and get away with it.

“We will continue to work with our partners to improve road safety and reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.”