NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, Jul 22nd, 2013.
Over 30 vehicles were stopped as part of a joint operation in Ewloe last Thursday.
Operation Trivium, a national campaign which targets foreign national criminals travelling the country’s roads, involved officers from North Wales Police, VOSA and the UK Border Agency. A total of 33 vehicles were stopped at the Weighbridge in Ewloe.
As a result of the operation 17 prohibitions were issued for mechanical defects and drivers hours offences, four were reported for summons, three received graduated fixed penalty notices and four received endorsable fixed penalty notices (totalling £980). One received a traffic caution and five were stopped for immigration checks.
A tractor driver who was towing a trailer was also stopped for having a defective tyre. The driver received 3 penalty points and a £60 fine.
A/Sgt Mark Jones from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “The aim of the operation was to help improve safety and deter crime. The number of offences detected during the operation shows how vital initiatives such as this are, as a number of 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.
“By working with our partners we will continue to ensure that the roads of North Wales are kept safe.”
During the operation officers used various means of intelligence, including automatic number plate recognition to stop and disrupt criminal operations.
[colored_box color=”yellow”] OPERATION TRIVIUM
•Police officers from Romania, Lithuania and Poland have arrived in the UK to join the campaign
•A national campaign to target foreign national criminals travelling the country’s roads
•Travelling gangs are thought to be involved in volume offences such as shoplifting, fraud, metal theft