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Over half of HGVs stopped in targeted crackdown had committed an offence

  • 03 February 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

More than half of the HGVs stopped in a crackdown on non-compliant operators in Dorset last month had committed an offence.

The multi-agency operation saw 37 HGVs stopped at the Ashley Heath weighbridge between the A31 and the A338 on Wednesday 22 January.

Of those stopped, 21 were found to have committed an offence, with overweight vehicles the most common problem.

Nine of the vehicles received prohibitions for being overweight, while four vehicles were found to have committed lighting and tyre offences.

Five drivers also committed tachograph offences for either not taking a sufficient weekly rest or failing to provide relevant records.

Dorset Police, which was working with the DVSA (formerly Vosa and the DSA), Environment Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Department for Work and Pensions, said the operation was part of an initiative across England and Wales to crack down on offending truck drivers.

“It is disappointing that a number of the vehicles we stopped and checked were found to have offences,” said police constable Heidi Moxam, road casualty coordinator. “Tachograph charts ensure that drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles do not overwork and take appropriate rest so they stay alert and safe on our roads.”


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