Vehicles seized and drivers hours offences detected during road safety operation

A HGV driver has been fined £800 at the roadside after breaching his drivers’ hours’ offences. Vehicle seized for no insurance

The 25-year-old, who was driving a 44-ton vehicle that is registered in the Republic of Ireland, was stopped only two weeks-ago for similar offences whilst travelling along the A55 on Anglesey.

The driver was stopped as part of a road safety impact day carried out by the Roads Policing Unit and Commercial Vehicle Unit at the weighbridge in Dalar Hir. A vehicle examiner from North Wales Police’ Forensic Collision Investigation Unit also joined the team to inspect vehicles and a Special Constable from the Force’ Specials Road Safety Unit assisted during the day.

Part of his penalty also included a £300 fine for having no road user levy – a charge that HGV companies that aren’t registered in the UK and weigh 12,000kg or more must pay before entering the country.

During the day officers spoke to several drivers. Six vehicles were also seized for having no insurance, including one driver, who was already on 10 penalty points on his licence. The no insurance offence is likely to result in him now losing his licence.

Overloaded vehicles and drivers caught driving with the incorrect category of licence were also found during the day.

PC Nick Power of the Commercial Vehicle Unit said: “We stopped the HGV driver two weeks ago when he was fined £900 for very similar offences. We advised him at the time regarding the importance of complying with his drivers hours, but clearly he hasn’t taken any notice of what we said.

“Unfortunately tired drivers present a real danger to other road users, and in this case the man was driving a 44-ton HGV.

“One van was also seen towing a trailer that was overloaded with bricks and rubble. The rubble could clearly be seen over the top of the trailer which was dangerous. It doesn’t bear thinking about what would happen if anything came off the trailer and hit a windscreen. We’d like to remind drivers that if they are transporting anything that’s open to the elements they need to ensure it is secure before they start their journey – this could be a secure net or a sheet to stop items bouncing out of the vehicle.

Rubble found insecure on a trailer

He added: “These road safety checks are regularly carried out by the team – this is all part of our ongoing commitment to keeping the roads safe for all.”