Police road safety checks catch 32 drivers

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Road safety checks caught out 32 drivers at the M1 junction 14 weighbridge as part of Thames Valley Police’s Operation Rogue Trader.

Between 8am and 3pm on Wednesday forty vehicles were stopped by Milton Keynes Roads Policing Department and the Council’s Regulatory Unit

Three vehicles were seized due to the driver’s having no insurance. The driver’s received a fixed penalty notice of £200 plus six penalty points. The driver’s will also have to pay £150 recovery costs to get their vehicles back.

One driver had no insurance and was issued with a FPN of £200 plus six penalty points.

15 vehicles were found to be overweight and immediately prohibited until they were within specified weight limits. One of the drivers was reported for an overweight offence and sent to magistrates courts to be dealt with. A total of 14 vehicles were issued with FPNs for excess weight offences, which ranged between £60 and £220.

Three vehicles were found to be committing tachograph offences and received a non-endorsable FPN of £200 each.

Two vehicles were found to be running on red diesel and were immediately seized for Customs and Excise officers to speak with the drivers.

Two drivers had no MOT certificate and were issued with a £60 non-endorsable FPN.

One driver was using a vehicle with a tyre that was found not to be road worthy and issued a FPN of £60 plus 3 penalty points.

Three drivers were found to be working without operator’s licences and issued with FPNs of £200 each.

Two drivers were found to be driving otherwise than in accordance of their driving licence conditions and were both sent to Magistrates Court.

The most worrying of these vehicles was found to be 113 per cent over its permitted gross vehicle weight and being driven by a driver with a revoked driving licence and no insurance.

PC Russell Irwin, from Milton Keynes Roads Policing, said: “I would like to highlight the huge risks drivers take when using vehicles that do not conform to the designated vehicle weights. Not only does driving an overweight vehicle affect the handling and braking capability of a vehicle, it significantly increases the risk of the driver being involved in any type of traffic collision and also puts other road users at risk.

“Drivers are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure the vehicle they are using is road worthy before commencing any journey. This check was conducted to ensure that we keep our region’s roads as safe as possible.”