Officers detect over 140 vehicle offences as part of roads policing operation Date published: 4th August 2016 1.23pm

Cheshire police were out in force on the motorways and in and around Sandbach town to crack down on HGVs and other commercial vehicles who breach driving laws and regulations.

Officers detected 145 commercial vehicle offences, resulting in fines and penalties of up to £12,250, as part of a joint operation running between 25-29 July.

The operation saw officers working in partnership with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and HM Revenue & Customs, stopping 100 HGV trucks and overweight vehicles for checks including a valid driving license and insurance, vehicle defects, sufficient rest stops and the condition of tyres and brakes.

The operation, which was part of a national campaign and supported by the North West Motorway Police Group, ran from a checkpoint in Sandbach and saw 50 drivers issued with tickets, 17 prohibited vehicles and three vehicles seized for driving license and insurance offences.

PC Martyn Campbell, of the Constabulary’s commercial vehicle unit, said: “Officers worked extremely hard in targeting commercial vehicles which are not safe to be on our roads. By working alongside other agencies it enabled the operation to be hugely successful with many vehicles being removed from the roads.”

Chief Constable, Simon Byrne, said: “This operation was an excellent demonstration of outside agencies and Cheshire Constabulary working collaboratively to keep the roads in Cheshire safer.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane, said: “During my conversations with Cheshire residents, road safety has been something that has come up time and time again as a priority for policing in Cheshire.

“As such, I am pleased to see the success of this operation as it’s a positive demonstration of the work the Constabulary is undertaking alongside its partners to ensure our communities’ roads are safer. I would like to thank all involved for their hard work.”