Overloaded trucks stopped during police operation

Police stopped several overloaded vehicles and gave out tickets to drivers for not wearing seatbelts during an operation in North West Leicestershire and Hinckley and Bosworth. Officers were out patrolling rural areas during a five hour operation on July 16, with motorists reported for more than 20 issues, and one vehicle recovered for not having tax. One truck was pulled over as its rear suspension indicated a possible overweight load, and it was found to be one ton overweight and its load contained asbestos.

Another car pulling a trailer had six defects, including a bald tyre, two loose wheel nuts and three defective lights – it was escorted home for public safety and must be fixed before it takes to the road again.

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Officers also escorted another vehicle pulling a trailer to its final destination, as it was 60kg overweight. Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Policing Team said in a post on Facebook: “Might not seem much but exceeding the weight limit can increase the stopping distance, effect the handling of the vehicle and put extra pressure on tyres. “Vehicle escorted the short distance home for public safety.”

A truck with a haul of scrap metal that was protruding above its trailer was also pulled in and reported for an unsafe load. A non-endorsable fine (meaning you don’t get points on your licence) was issued by special constables, with the driver ordered to use netting to cover the load before being allowed to move on. Two drivers were issued also tickets for not wearing seatbelts while one vehicle did not have a tachograph, which records a vehicle’s speed and distance driven.

Another car pulling a trailer was reported for having no working lights on the trailer, while the trailer number plate did not match that of the vehicle.

Enforcement officers from the DVLA took part in the operation.