Spot check on lorries reveals number of offences

Spot check on lorries reveals number of offences

Spot check on lorries reveals number of offences

First published in News

ALMOST 40 lorries were stopped during a crackdown by Dorset Police.

Its traffic unit joined staff from the Environment Agency, Vehicle Operating Standards Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Work and Pensions on Wednesday, January 22, police said.

They stopped 37 vehicles on the A31 and A338 at the Ashley Heath weighbridge.

It was part of a national operation to check HGVs.

In all, 21 offences were detected, including overweight vehicles, lighting, tyre and tachograph offences.

Some drivers were found to be claiming benefits while employed.

PC 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.”

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1:58pm Sat 1 Feb 14

poole boy2 says...

Why is this news item timed and dated 9.00 am Sunday 2nd February when it is 13.50 on Saturday 1st February. Can the Echo not get anything right ? Even the Beano can get the day and date right, and that is a proper comic !!
Why is this news item timed and dated 9.00 am Sunday 2nd February when it is 13.50 on Saturday 1st February. Can the Echo not get anything right ? Even the Beano can get the day and date right, and that is a proper comic !! poole boy2
  • Score: 2

4:58am Sun 2 Feb 14

Phixer says...

poole boy2 wrote:
Why is this news item timed and dated 9.00 am Sunday 2nd February when it is 13.50 on Saturday 1st February. Can the Echo not get anything right ? Even the Beano can get the day and date right, and that is a proper comic !!
Another long session in The Print Room!
[quote][p][bold]poole boy2[/bold] wrote: Why is this news item timed and dated 9.00 am Sunday 2nd February when it is 13.50 on Saturday 1st February. Can the Echo not get anything right ? Even the Beano can get the day and date right, and that is a proper comic !![/p][/quote]Another long session in The Print Room! Phixer
  • Score: 4

9:19am Sun 2 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

At least this is better than the endless snapping of cars

Well done and more please
At least this is better than the endless snapping of cars Well done and more please billy bumble
  • Score: 7

9:34am Sun 2 Feb 14

alasdair1967 says...

This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?
This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ? alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

9:39am Sun 2 Feb 14

Old Colonial says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?
21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is.

It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?[/p][/quote]21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is. It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with? Old Colonial
  • Score: 7

9:47am Sun 2 Feb 14

alasdair1967 says...

Old Colonial wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?
21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is.

It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?
All heavy goods vehicles over a certain weight have to have a six weekly safety inspection ,How ever that inspection is only as good as the day it is done the same as an mot inspection a fault can easily occur at any point that would deem a failure in these tests something as simple as a blown bulb can be deemed a fail ,as I said these roadside checks are done on a regular basis and in truth the vosa inspectors are stringent to say the least and are the scurge of the haulage business owners,
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?[/p][/quote]21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is. It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?[/p][/quote]All heavy goods vehicles over a certain weight have to have a six weekly safety inspection ,How ever that inspection is only as good as the day it is done the same as an mot inspection a fault can easily occur at any point that would deem a failure in these tests something as simple as a blown bulb can be deemed a fail ,as I said these roadside checks are done on a regular basis and in truth the vosa inspectors are stringent to say the least and are the scurge of the haulage business owners, alasdair1967
  • Score: 5

10:00am Sun 2 Feb 14

High Treason says...

"Some drivers were found to be claiming benefits while employed."

Of course they are because if they get caught, they get a warning. Well worth it for many as they can get away with thousands of pounds. If they stopped all benefits for 10 years for these people it would deter most from conning tax payers.
"Some drivers were found to be claiming benefits while employed." Of course they are because if they get caught, they get a warning. Well worth it for many as they can get away with thousands of pounds. If they stopped all benefits for 10 years for these people it would deter most from conning tax payers. High Treason
  • Score: 10

11:36am Sun 2 Feb 14

alasdair1967 says...

Old Colonial wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?
21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is.

It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?
Dependant on the severity of the fault the vosa inspector has the right to issue what is known as a Gv 9 notice which immediately prevents the vehicle from being driven on the public highway,the vehicle then has to be recovered repaired and inspected by a vosa approved establishment,if a haulage company collects a certain amount of these notices over a certain period of time there haulage licence will be revoked
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?[/p][/quote]21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is. It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?[/p][/quote]Dependant on the severity of the fault the vosa inspector has the right to issue what is known as a Gv 9 notice which immediately prevents the vehicle from being driven on the public highway,the vehicle then has to be recovered repaired and inspected by a vosa approved establishment,if a haulage company collects a certain amount of these notices over a certain period of time there haulage licence will be revoked alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

I wonder if the same vigor will be used come the summer when the area has an influx of commercial vehicles - or will they be another display of hand wringing and murmurs of 'oh dear' as the various government agencies suddenly discover that they are somehow unable to act in a co-ordinated fashion.

in fact unable to act at all.
I wonder if the same vigor will be used come the summer when the area has an influx of commercial vehicles - or will they be another display of hand wringing and murmurs of 'oh dear' as the various government agencies suddenly discover that they are somehow unable to act in a co-ordinated fashion. in fact unable to act at all. Bob49
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Turtlebay says...

If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?
If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis? Turtlebay
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Old Colonial says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Old Colonial wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?
21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is.

It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?
Dependant on the severity of the fault the vosa inspector has the right to issue what is known as a Gv 9 notice which immediately prevents the vehicle from being driven on the public highway,the vehicle then has to be recovered repaired and inspected by a vosa approved establishment,if a haulage company collects a certain amount of these notices over a certain period of time there haulage licence will be revoked
Thanks Alasdair1967. At least that gives the full story.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?[/p][/quote]21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is. It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?[/p][/quote]Dependant on the severity of the fault the vosa inspector has the right to issue what is known as a Gv 9 notice which immediately prevents the vehicle from being driven on the public highway,the vehicle then has to be recovered repaired and inspected by a vosa approved establishment,if a haulage company collects a certain amount of these notices over a certain period of time there haulage licence will be revoked[/p][/quote]Thanks Alasdair1967. At least that gives the full story. Old Colonial
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Rich© says...

Turtlebay wrote:
If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?
some people class the MOT test as a "service" & think they don't have to bother again for another year, it would have been interesting if the transport bigwigs had gone for the 4.2.2 test criteria (new car first test after 4 years & then every 2 years) !
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?[/p][/quote]some people class the MOT test as a "service" & think they don't have to bother again for another year, it would have been interesting if the transport bigwigs had gone for the 4.2.2 test criteria (new car first test after 4 years & then every 2 years) ! Rich©
  • Score: 2

5:22pm Sun 2 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Old Colonial wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?
21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is.

It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?
All heavy goods vehicles over a certain weight have to have a six weekly safety inspection ,How ever that inspection is only as good as the day it is done the same as an mot inspection a fault can easily occur at any point that would deem a failure in these tests something as simple as a blown bulb can be deemed a fail ,as I said these roadside checks are done on a regular basis and in truth the vosa inspectors are stringent to say the least and are the scurge of the haulage business owners,
Quite agree, these exercises have to find something to justify doing them and common sense certainly does not usually attend these sort of jobsworth spot checks.
More often than not whatever vehicle defect is actually found is indeed only very minor and often questionable - although there can be no formal dispute because the Inspectorate won't allow it.
But of course there must be a good 'result' PR press release for some media attention - and here it is.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: This alleged crackdown has been happening for years on a monthly if not a weekly basis not just at Ashley Heath but also at puddle town so why all of a sudden is it newsworthy ?[/p][/quote]21 offences in just 37 vehicles! That's why it should be even more newsworthy than it is. It would be instructive to know what the outcome was in all these cases. Were the vehicles impounded? Owners taken to court and severely dealt with?[/p][/quote]All heavy goods vehicles over a certain weight have to have a six weekly safety inspection ,How ever that inspection is only as good as the day it is done the same as an mot inspection a fault can easily occur at any point that would deem a failure in these tests something as simple as a blown bulb can be deemed a fail ,as I said these roadside checks are done on a regular basis and in truth the vosa inspectors are stringent to say the least and are the scurge of the haulage business owners,[/p][/quote]Quite agree, these exercises have to find something to justify doing them and common sense certainly does not usually attend these sort of jobsworth spot checks. More often than not whatever vehicle defect is actually found is indeed only very minor and often questionable - although there can be no formal dispute because the Inspectorate won't allow it. But of course there must be a good 'result' PR press release for some media attention - and here it is. muscliffman
  • Score: -1

6:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

alasdair1967 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?
Why the negative votes this observation is very true ,a car dependant on age is only subject to an annual inspection ,unlike hgvs which are subject to a six weekly inspection ,as I have previously stated an inspection is only valid until the vehicle has left the test centre any fault could happen within moments of leaving ,
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?[/p][/quote]Why the negative votes this observation is very true ,a car dependant on age is only subject to an annual inspection ,unlike hgvs which are subject to a six weekly inspection ,as I have previously stated an inspection is only valid until the vehicle has left the test centre any fault could happen within moments of leaving , alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

alasdair1967 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?
Why the negative votes this observation is very true ,a car dependant on age is only subject to an annual inspection ,unlike hgvs which are subject to a six weekly inspection ,as I have previously stated an inspection is only valid until the vehicle has left the test centre any fault could happen within moments of leaving ,
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: If a sample of 37 ordinary cars were stopped, how many offences do you think might be discovered, bearing in mind most people don't bother having their cars serviced on a regular basis?[/p][/quote]Why the negative votes this observation is very true ,a car dependant on age is only subject to an annual inspection ,unlike hgvs which are subject to a six weekly inspection ,as I have previously stated an inspection is only valid until the vehicle has left the test centre any fault could happen within moments of leaving , alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

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