Road Safety checks on A55 at Ewloe
An operation which saw officers checking goods vehicles and
speaking to drivers about road safety during the winter was held
yesterday (Wednesday, 8th November).
Between 9am and 3pm, officers along with
partners from the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) targeted
commercial vehicles and checked them for compliance with
legislation on the A55 at Ewloe under the remit of Operation
24 hour prohibitions were given for various
offences, including drivers’ hours offences. Fixed penalty notices
were also given for number plate offences, defective tyres and for
having no valid MOT certificate. Cautions were also given for
excess speed and for having no water in windscreen washers.
Sergeant Tony Gatley from the North Wales
Police Roads Policing Unit said: “We carry out operations such as
this throughout the year in conjunction with our partners to ensure
that commercial vehicle users are using the roads safely for the
benefit of all of us.
“Throughout the day we focused on road safety
offences, taking into account the change in hours of darkness and
deteriorating weather and driving conditions, so we focussed on
checking lights, tyres and windscreen washers and wipers.”
“We will continue to carry out these operations and conduct
pre-winter checks in line with our objective of ensuring that
vehicles are safe on the roads of North Wales.”
Is your vehicle winter ready?
Regularly servicing, and checking your vehicle
is in good running order before setting out will reduce your
chances of breaking down on the road. It's worth making these
checks regularly - and particularly before a long winter
- Is the battery fully charged? Replace it if it's not completely
- Are your lights clean and all working. Carry spare bulbs.
- Change your windscreen wiper blades if they are worn
- Check your fluid levels, screen wash, engine oil, anti-freeze
Use a higher concentration of screen wash to prevent freezing
- Check all windows are clean
- Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them
before the tread has reached the legal minimum. Check your tyre
pressures (refer to the owners handbook) & tread depth (min
- Consider booking your car into a reputable garage for a winter
service for extra peace of mind.
Further advice regarding driving in winter conditions is