Dangerous lorries taken off M4 by police in Wiltshire
12:14pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
SEVENTEEN lorries were taken off the road when police targeted HGVs on the M4 in Wiltshire this week.
Officers working with Government officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Customs, UK Border Agency and National Crime Agency found 70 per cent of the vehicles they stopped on Wednesday were running illegally.
A total of 23 tachograph offences were discovered, 20 vehicles were found with at least one defect and 17 were stopped from continuing their journeys until they were repaired or their loads were removed.
Sgt Craig Hardy from the Wiltshire Police serious collision investigating team said: “This operation was mainly focused on heavy goods vehicles from all over the E.U and checking both the vehicles and drivers were suitable to be on our roads.
“We looked at the physical aspect of the vehicles – checking tyres, the weight of the loads and making sure they were mechanically sound, but we also looked at the driver and how many breaks they had taken, how many hours they had been on the road etc.
“The safety of our roads depends on the condition of the vehicles driving on them and the people behind the wheel. Officials checked 28 vehicles. !0 were given prohibition notices for being over weight and seven had serious mechanical defects including tyres, brakes, suspension and steering.
Fines totalling £4,560 were also handed out.