National Carriage of Dangerous Goods Operation


North Wales Police stopped and checked 14 vehicles yesterday (Tuesday, 26th February) as part of a National Carriage of Dangerous Goods Operation.


The operation involved officers from the Commercial Vehicle Unit, which include VOSA and specially trained officers from the Roads Policing Unit, who carried out the checks looking for offences such as the Carriage of Hazardous Chemicals, abuse of driver’s hours, excess weight and mechanical defects.


Fourteen vehicles were stopped and checked along the A55. The offences included defective lights, speeding and inadequate paperwork regarding vehicle loads.


Sergeant Tony Gatley, from the Force’s Roads Policing Unit said: “Thankfully it was a quiet day in terms of offences and no hazardous loads were identified that weren’t correctly marked.


“Operations such as these are vital in ensuring that drivers, who carry dangerous goods throughout North Wales, are compliant with regulations, not only to protect themselves, but also to protect other road users.”


Officers from the Commercial Vehicle Unit regularly carry out checks on heavy goods vehicles travelling throughout North Wales, checking the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles, looking at offences such as drivers hours and uncovering other crimes such as drugs and money laundering.