Essex road policing officers stopped and checked 89 vehicles this week as part of an operation to rid the county’s roads of dangerous and poorly-driven lorries.
The checks, carried out under Operation Mermaid, a nationwide campaign to improve road safety, were held at Moto services, Thurrock on Tuesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 16. Both were supported by officers from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
A total of 42 vehicles were stopped on Tuesday and 15 mechanical defects were found, of which 12 were serious enough to receive prohibitions.
Officers detected 141 driver’s hours infringements and £1,120 was collected in fines and deposits.
On Thursday 47 vehicles were checked and 12 mechanical defects were found with eight leading to prohibitions. A total of 140 driver’s hours infringements were found and £1,580 was collected in fines and deposits.