Thurrock drivers hammered by Operation Surround a Town

THURROCK Council’s Road Safety Team was joined by colleagues from the Safer Essex Roads Partnership and HM Revenue and Customs at two enforcement sites across the borough in a bid to make Thurrock’s roads safer in an initiative called ‘Operation Nash’.

As part of the operation to crack-down on road offences, a Surround a Town Day was held on 19 October at Moto Services at junction 31 of the M25 and Southend Road, Corringham, with a stop-check site at the Performers College in Corringham.

28 vehicles were stopped for seat belt offences and 16 for using a mobile phone while driving.

Four vehicles were seized and 25 drivers were stopped for excessive speed.

Heavy good vehicles (HGVs) were stopped and drivers were fined for excessive driving hours offences and one vehicle for being overweight with fines totalling £1,600.

During the operation, a HGV was seized for ‘beer running’ – avoiding excise duty to the value of approximately £500,000.

An arrest was also made of a person overstaying their immigration visa.

Cllr Brian Little, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, said: “Surround a Town days are a great way to tackle motoring offences and let people in Thurrock know that we will not accept this illegality.

“Those who use the roads legitimately should not be put at risk by selfish drivers and other criminals in the borough.”

For more information on road safety throughout Thurrock go to thurrock.gov.uk/road-safety.

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