Police out in force in Deeside tackling dangerous and overloaded vans
Overloaded and dangerous commercial vehicles have been targeted by police around Deeside over the last few days.
North Wales Police eastern commercial vehicle unit have been out in force stopping vans and trucks at the Ewloe enforcement site.
Pictures posted on twitter by the force’s roads policing account @NWPRPUOfficer show some of the overloaded vehicles which have been dealt with.
North Wales Police became one of the first police forces in the country to work in conjunction with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) – formally known as VOSA to tackle commercial vehicles.
There is currently a small team of North Wales Police officers attached to the unit who mainly cover the A55 where thousands of lorry travel across every day.
The Commercial Vehicle Unit are also responsible for enforcement around commercial vehicles including heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches and taxis.[/vc_column_text][mp_carousel_1 carousel_images=”38912,38913,38914,38915″ carousel_start=”false”][vc_column_text]The unit is able to assist the Roads Policing Team and have expertise on:
- Commercial vehicle defects
- Overweight vehicles
- Tachograph enforcement
- Taxi licencing
- Enforcement of operators licenses
- Abnormal load enforcement
They act on intelligence where ever possible and are also involved with many operations in partnership with other agencies such as HM Revenue and Customs.
The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on vehicles and issue prohibitions if necessary. A prohibition prevents you from driving until you get a problem with your vehicle fixed.
The checks are carried out either at the roadside or at dedicated enforcement sites – with two in North Wales including Dalar Hir on Anglesey and Ewloe.
Checks are carried out to keep unsafe vehicles off the road. The officer checks that the vehicle isn’t breaking any rules and regulations. This includes:
- Checking authorised load weights and type of load permitted
- Checking vehicles for roadworthiness and mechanical faults
- Looking at tachograph records
- Making sure the driver has a valid occupational driving licence
- Vehicles can be impounded if drivers commit a series of serious offences.
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