Operation Mermaid

Essex road policing officers, supported by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, stopped and checked 58 vehicles as part of a two day operation to rid the county’s roads of dangerous and poorly-driven goods vehicles.
The checks, carried out under Operation Mermaid, a nationwide campaign to improve road safety, were held on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 November at Thurrock services which is off the M25.

Ten mechanical defects were found resulting in prohibition notices. There were 450 drivers hours infringements and four drivers hours prohibitions. £1,560 was taken in fines and one lorry was seized as the driver had no driving licence.

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