Dangerous goods vehicle operation stops 82 drivers in Cleveland and Durham


An operation aimed at vehicles carrying dangerous goods saw officers stop more than 80 vehicles on the strategic road networks around Cleveland and Durham.

As part of four days of action carried out last week, 82 vehicles were assessed in a bid to help keep Cleveland and Durham’s road users safe.

Officers look at offences including tachograph offences, faulty brake lights, under-inflated wheels and having the correct documents and signage for the substances that the vehicles carry.

Of the drivers stopped and spoken to, four prohibitions were issued and two verbal warnings given for defective or missing safety equipment and incorrect paperwork and two drivers were found to be committing operator licence offences.

The operation was run jointly with Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for tachograph-related offences and offences relating to the construction and use of the vehicles.

Sergeant Paul Harker, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Our primary aim is to make the roads across Cleveland and Durham as safe as we possibly can for road users.

“By carrying out this operation we can ensure that vehicle defects are rectified immediately, we can make sure that drivers have the correct documents in place to drive those vehicles and carry hazardous goods and we ensure that the vehicles are in a good condition and are safe to be driven on our roads.”