Police and VOSA team up for safety

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Thames Valley Police teamed up with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) this month to conduct vehicle safety checks at Newport Pagnell service station.

Operation Tourist focused on buses and coaches carrying passengers on national and international journeys.

On Monday 11 July, 16 public service vehicles were stopped. Six of those stopped were not committing of any offences.

The remaining 10 drivers were dealt with for various offences including; not having had sufficient rest periods. These drivers were stopped from travelling any further. Others were reported to VOSA for further investigation into their working hours. One driver was stopped from continuing on his journey due to an obstruction of an emergency exit, and another driver who was driving without MOT had to wait for alternative transport to deliver passengers to their destination.

A number of warnings were given to drivers for cracked windscreens, worn tyres, oil leaks and broken lights.

PC Pete Hare from Milton Keynes Roads Policing department said: “We conduct these checks to ensure that drivers are complying with safety regulations and to prevent collisions on our roads.

“The safety of the drivers, their passengers and other road users is of paramount importance and while we realise stopping a coach containing passengers is an inconvenience, the consequences of not conducting these checks can have a far greater impact on peoples’ lives.”