Successful Road Safety Operation on A55Photograph of officers speaking to lorry drivers


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 February).


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 were negative.


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 safe.”