This month Cheshire Police took part in a national week of action making sure commercial hauliers were travelling on our roads safely.
Officers patrolled the Cheshire motorway network ensuring those carrying hazardous goods were fully co-operating with legislation which permits them to do so.
Officers were out and about ensuring that HGVs and lorries were complying with the relevant Construction and Use legislation and also the relevant European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. This is the legislation that allows dangerous goods to be transported and its requirements.
In total 60 vehicles and loads on our road network were checked within the week of action. A total of 41 were in order and 19 had issues ranging from minor problems dealt with by way of advice to three that were issued ‘delayed prohibitions’. Four were taken off the road immediately, until the hazards were rectified at the check site.
PC Martyn Campbell, of the Constabulary’s commercial vehicle unit, said: “We targeted commercial vehicles which could be dangerously transporting hazardous materials on our roads. Our week of action aimed to drive home the message that not complying with legislation is potentially dangerous to other road users and completely unacceptable.
“Drivers of suspect vehicles were checked to ensure they had the appropriate paperwork and equipment to deal with any issues. We also ensured drivers were complying with the drivers’ hours legislation and that they were taking suitable breaks.”
The week of action in Cheshire was supported by the North West Motorway Police Group and ran between Monday 5 February and Sunday 11 February.