Lorry spot check unearths raft of offences

Dorset Echo: Lorry spot check unearths raft of offences Lorry spot check unearths raft of offences

A SPOT check on heavy goods vehicles travelling through Dorset discovered a raft of offences.

Of the 37 vehicles stopped, a total of 21 offences were detected. Nine vehicles were stopped for being overweight and were prohibited from further use until the issue had been rectified. Four HGVs were stopped for lighting and tyre offences and three others for minor traffic offences.

Five tachograph offences were detected during the day, including drivers taking insufficient weekly rest and failing to provide relevant records.

Some drivers were found to be claiming benefits while employed.

Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit joined forces with staff from partner agencies to check the vehicles.

Officers from Dorset Police, the Environment Agency, VOSA (Vehicle Operating Standards Agency), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Work and Pensions stopped a total of 37 vehicles as they travelled along the A31 and A338 at the Ashley Heath weigh bridge.

The initiative was part of a nationally-staged operation across England and Wales to identify drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) committing offences on the road.

Police Constable Heidi Moxam, road casualty reduction co-ordinator, said: “The aim of the day was to identify those heavy goods vehicles that are not complying with legislation in a bid to make the roads of Dorset safer. We also detected offences, disrupted criminality and provided reassurance to the public.

“It is disappointing that a number of the vehicles we stopped and checked were found to have offences.

“Tachograph charts ensure that drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles do not overwork and take appropriate rest so they stay alert and safe on our roads.

“This operation is a good example of Dorset Police working together with other agencies to target drivers and vehicles in a bid to make sure that everyone using our roads is doing so as safely as possible.”

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3:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

NearlyLocal says...

Well done. This should happen more often.
Well done. This should happen more often. NearlyLocal

4:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing. Tinker2

4:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

miltonarcher says...

Good, get these idiots who put lives at risk off the roads.
Good, get these idiots who put lives at risk off the roads. miltonarcher

5:31pm Fri 31 Jan 14

NearlyLocal says...

Tinker2 wrote:
Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!!
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.[/p][/quote]Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!! NearlyLocal

10:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!!
The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.
[quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.[/p][/quote]Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!![/p][/quote]The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search. Tinker2

9:59am Sat 1 Feb 14

NearlyLocal says...

Tinker2 wrote:
NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!!
The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.
Yes!!
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.[/p][/quote]Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!![/p][/quote]The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.[/p][/quote]Yes!! NearlyLocal

10:00am Sat 1 Feb 14

NearlyLocal says...

Tinker2 wrote:
NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!!
The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.
Yes!!
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.[/p][/quote]Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!![/p][/quote]The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.[/p][/quote]Yes!! NearlyLocal

12:51pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Tinker2 says...

NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote:
NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!!
The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.
Yes!!
Hmm, interesting take on human rights. Perhaps you are a suporter of the North Korean regime?
[quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.[/p][/quote]Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!![/p][/quote]The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.[/p][/quote]Yes!![/p][/quote]Hmm, interesting take on human rights. Perhaps you are a suporter of the North Korean regime? Tinker2

11:28am Mon 3 Feb 14

NearlyLocal says...

Tinker2 wrote:
NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote:
NearlyLocal wrote:
Tinker2 wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.
Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!!
The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.
Yes!!
Hmm, interesting take on human rights. Perhaps you are a suporter of the North Korean regime?
That's a little bizarre. No, I'm just a supporter of getting death traps and illegal drivers off the road. Simple
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: Not just vehicle 'safety' checks, but the Department for Work and Pensions detaining drivers (& possibly passengers?) for questioning. Welcome to the Police State; we are watching you and will stop you wherever you go and whatever you are doing.[/p][/quote]Detained for questioning?? Obviously there is a reason for that!![/p][/quote]The point is: Do we all want to be made to have to line up against the wall, wherever we may go, on frequent occasions, just to possibly catch someone out who has either inadvertently fallen foul of some rule, or otherwise deliberately flouted it? Stop and search.[/p][/quote]Yes!![/p][/quote]Hmm, interesting take on human rights. Perhaps you are a suporter of the North Korean regime?[/p][/quote]That's a little bizarre. No, I'm just a supporter of getting death traps and illegal drivers off the road. Simple NearlyLocal

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