Successful Road Safety Operation on A55
Defective tyres, drivers’ hours and overloaded vehicles were
amongst some of the offences discovered at a special multi-agency
operation on the A55 on Anglesey today (Tuesday 12th
Officers from the Commercial Vehicle Unit,
Roads Policing Unit, VOSA Enforcement Team, and Customs and Excise
took part in a combined Impact Day looking at road safety issues
and checking goods.
Under the remit of Operation Mermaid, a
national initiative aimed at checking heavy goods vehicles, all
agencies came together to work on the A55 at Dalar Hir.
Out of the 43 vehicles stopped as part of the
operation 35 (80%) were found to be breaching the law.
Throughout the day a number of offences were
found including people with no valid driving licence, no road tax,
vehicle overloading, committing driver hours’ offences, using
mobile phones, defective tyres and excess speed.
The majority of the offences were dealt with
by prohibitions, graduated fixed penalty notices and summonses and
in excess of £2,000 in fines were paid at the roadside. Those found
to have no insurance had their vehicles seized.
15 breath tests were also carried out but all
Sergeant Tony Gatley, who led today’s
operation said: “The number of offences detected during the
operation shows how vital initiatives such as this are, as a number
of companies and drivers continue to disregard the law.
“It is shocking and disappointing to think how
many drivers have a complete disregard to, not only their own
safety but the safety of other road users.
"People are still driving uninsured, do not have licences, drive
using mobile phones and drive without wearing seatbelts.
"We need help from the people of North Wales to help us to
improve driver behaviour. If you have relatives or friends who
drink-drive, drive without insurance or continue to use a mobile or
fail to wear a seatbelt please contact us be telephoning 101 or by
calling either tell us and we will investigate or talk to the
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
He added: “By working with our partners we
will continue to ensure that the roads of North Wales are kept