Police target overweight vehicles

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Thames Valley Police, working in conjunction with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, carried out road safety checks targeting overweight vehicles on the M1 near Milton Keynes last week.

The checks, which were part of Operation Texas, were carried out at the junction 14 weighbridge in Milton Keynes on Thursday between 9am and 1pm.

A total of 24 vehicles were stopped by officers from the Milton Keynes Roads Policing Department, which is part of Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Unit and VOSA.

All vehicles stopped and checked were vans, resulting in the following offences being detected:

Twelve vehicles were found to be overweight, all of which were immediately prohibited until they were within specified weight limits.

Eleven vehicles were found to be between six and 27 per cent overweight and the drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices ranging from £100 fines to £400 fines, as well as three points on their driving licence.

One vehicle was 30.5 per cent overweight and the driver was reported.

One driver was issued with a fixed penalty ticket for driving with a revoked driving licence.

One driver was issued with a fixed penalty notice for using a mobile phone while driving.

One driver was issued with a ticket for a tachograph offence.

Several drivers were dealt with for offences such as defective lights and bald tyres.

PC Rob Lyne, of Milton Keynes Roads Policing, said: “The aim of this operation was to highlight the risks drivers and vehicle operators take when using overweight vehicles.

“Driving a vehicle that is overweight affects both its handling and braking capabilities which in turn significantly increases the risk of the driver being involved in a traffic collision, putting themselves and other road users at risk.

“It is essential that drivers are aware that it is their responsibility to ensure that the vehicle they are using is road legal before commencing a journey.”