DORSET Police No Excuse officers stopped 27 commercial vehicles on Tuesday as part of a national week of action. 

Officers from the Road Casualty Reduction team carried out a commercial vehicle operation at the Ashley Heath weighbridge on Tuesday, October 12.

This involved the Roads Policing Unit, No Excuse team and the DVSA.

In total, 27 vehicles were stopped by the police with various offences identified including overweight vehicles,  driver's hours, vehicle defects and dangerous loads.

Officers issued 12 traffic offence tickets to the drivers.

The DVSA also dealt with a number of vehicles with various offences found.

The No Excuse team said they will continue to run these operations to offer education and enforcement to commercial vehicle drivers.

Inspector Craig Tatton, of the traffic unit, said: “This operation was part of a National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) nationwide week of action, involving enforcement and education around commercial vehicles. These operations are planned in advance throughout the year by the NPCC.

“It’s important we target all road users and the results from this operation demonstrate our commitment to ensuring the safe use of commercial vehicles on our road networks, as well as 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."