“Tired” drivers taken off the road in crackdown

POLICE who barred a lorry driver from the road for failing to take adequate breaks also stopped a replacement driver for the same offence when he arrived to take over the load.

The drivers were intercepted by officers from Essex Police’s commercial vehicle unit during Operation Mermaid safety checks at Moto services, Thurrock on Thursday April 14, 2011.

The first driver was ordered to stop driving when checks on his tachograph found that he had not taken the required number of hours off during a week. His company then sent a replacement driver to take the prohibited trailer and complete the deliver, but that driver was also found to have failed to take weekly rest breaks.

The vehicles were among 33 commercial vehicles stopped and checked during the operation, part of a national crackdown on unroadworthy and poorly-driven commercial vehicles.

A total of 290 driver’s hours offences were detected and one other driver was also prohibited from the road until a break had been taken.

The driver of a lorry carrying a hazardous load was fined for not having the required safety notices or fire extinguishers.

A total of £4,080 was taken in fines and deposits.

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