69 Driving Offences Discovered During Week of Activity

Driving offences including fraudulent use of tachographs and vehicles with excessively heavy loads were discovered during a recent week of activity.

19 vans, six lorries and 44 heavy goods vehicles were stopped in partnership with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) and others, throughout a week of activity from Monday 10th October.

Six drivers were issued with fixed penalties for offences including excess loads, insecure loads and defective tyres.

Other offences that were dealt with included no operators licence, no waste carriage licence and fraudulent use of tachographs.

Eight prohibitions were issued with a view to getting the issues rectified within a set time limit.

Chief Inspector Graham Milne, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Operations like this one are extremely important. Many of the vehicles that we have stopped have been found to have defections which could compromise the safety of their drivers and other road users.

“In order to keep people as safe as possible on our roads we need to continue to work together with partner agencies to detect offences like these and ensure that they are dealt with appropriately.”