Spot checks for car defects

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THE island’s roads are a safer place thanks to a partnership campaign targeting unsafe or unroadworthy vehicles conducted earlier this month.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and the Special Constabulary, in partnership with Customs and Excise, the public service vehicle centre and Department of Infrastructure, came together to conduct a series of checks over three days this month.

Inspector Mark Britton said: ‘This was a quick campaign to highlight the state of vehicles on the road.

‘Over three days nearly 100 vehicle drivers were stopped and a high level had defects on their vehicles.

‘Whilst most of these defects were minor in nature, it highlights a trend towards vehicle owners not taking care of their vehicles. We will continue to work with our partner agencies to reduce the level of casualties on our roads by ensuring that vehicles are safe.’

The full results are:

February 9 at Braddan Bridge: 36 vehicles stopped, 35 minor offences detected – roadside cautions given and one fixed penalty for no seat belt.

February 10 at Main Road, Ballasalla: 35 vehicles stopped, 35 minor offences detected – roadside cautions given, one reported for vehicle licensing offences and one reported for defective tyres.

February 11 at Auldyn School, Ramsey: 21 vehicles stopped, 16 minor offences detected – roadside cautions given, one reported for no R plates and defective tyre.

Graham Dugdale, surveyor for law enforcement at Customs and Excise, who regularly works with its colleagues in the police and DoI in carrying out roadside checks on motor vehicles, reminded mototrists that the use of red diesel in road vehicles is strictly regulated and drivers found to be using such fuel on the road risk the possibility of their vehicle being seized and criminal prosecution being instituted.

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