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 70 drivers stopped in police and DVSA operation


​AN OPERATION aimed at vehicles carrying dangerous goods saw officers stop 70 vehicles on the strategic road networks around Cleveland and Durham.

As part of four days of action alongside the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) from Saturday 23rd February to Tuesday 26th February, 70 vehicles were assessed as part of the work to help keep Cleveland and Durham’s road users safe.

Officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit took to roads in Seal Sands, Wellfield weighbridge on the A181, the A19 at Portrack and joined officers from North Yorkshire Police on the A19 at Exelby Services.

Police looked at offences including tachograph offences, faulty brake lights, under-inflated wheels, document offences and having the correct signage for the substances that the vehicles carry.

Of the drivers stopped and spoken to, three prohibitions were issued and eight letters of advice were issued to companies concerned where there were issues found relating to having incorrect documentation, unclear labelling of vehicles and having suitable personal protective equipment.

Alongside these offences, one male was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs, three vehicles were seized for having no insurance and one driver was reported for summons in relation to drivers hours offences.

PC Amanda Stokes, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “The aim of this operation is to make the roads across Cleveland and Durham as safe as we possibly can for road users and this operation helps us in doing that.

“By identifying offences such as those identified over the last few days we can ensure that drivers have the correct documents in place to drive their vehicles and carry hazardous goods, ensure that the vehicles are in a good condition and are safe to be driven on our roads and that suitable measures are in place should there be a safety issue with a vehicle.”