Overweight vehicles ordered off Dorset roads in police crackdown

writes Martin Lea. VEHICLES were ordered off the road or seized and fines were issued as police targeted commercial and heavy goods vehicles in a safety crackdown. Road policing officers from Dorset Police carried out an operation working alongside HM Revenue and Customs, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Environment Agency, National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and Datatag.

Nine vehicles were dealt with for excessive weight with one Ford Transit van carrying pallets being almost two tons over weight - more than 50 per cent above its maximum weight limit. As a result the driver will have to attend court to explain their actions. Two vehicles were dealt with for having no tachograph, which records how many hours of driving they're doing, while another was seized due to not holding valid insurance.

Three vehicles were given a prohibition notice that prevented them from carrying on their journeys due to being 'seriously unsafe'. READ MORE: Pick-up truck stolen from west Dorset farm Police said one driver had an offensive weapon seized after he couldn't explain why he was carrying a baseball bat on his back seat and another driver was reported for driving whilst disqualified.

Numerous other heavy goods and commercial vehicles were dealt with for offences including no MOT, missing number plates, defective tyres, waste offences, not wearing seatbelts and non-payment of the HGV levy. The checkpoint was set up at the Ashley Heath interchange (A31/A338 junction) in east Dorset. Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit said: "It's important we target all road users and the results from Thursday's operation, which forms part of a national week of action around heavy goods vehicles, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the roads are as safe as possible for all.

"We were joined by numerous other enforcement colleagues enabling us to target a greater variety of offences with their specialist powers, knowledge and expertise.

"If you have concerns about road users in your community, please report them to us by visiting www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101."

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