DORSET Traffic Cops have been clamping down on vans carrying unsecured and overweight loads at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency site in Ashley Heath.

Yesterday on June 22, officers discovered a tipper van full of uncovered rubble and soil weighing more than a tonne.

This was 49 per cent more than the legal limit van drivers can carry. 

Also discovered was a flatbed van full of unsecured scrap metal weighing 850kg, which is 24.2 per cent more than permitted and made worse by the rear tyres with cords exposed. 

Bournemouth Echo: Image by Dorset Traffic CopsImage by Dorset Traffic Cops

A panel van was also found with a door that could not be secured, a severe cut in a tyre and the driver had no insurance. Police subsequently seized the vehicle. 

There was also another flatbed van weighing 32.8 per cent more than permitted, at 1,140kg. 

A spokesperson for Dorset Traffic Cops said: “Each of these vehicles could have been driving near you today and in a sticky moment would have been unlikely to perform as the makers intended.  

“All of these were subject to prohibitions & were made safe prior to leaving the site.”