A19 blitz on goods vehicles

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A RANGE of road regulations were found to be being breached during a police crackdown on haulage vehicles.

Cleveland Police targeted trucks and lorries carrying hazardous materials during an operation with partner agencies along the A19.

Officers stopped 20 vehicles and a range of problems were discovered.

Five construction and use offences were detected, such as faulty brakes and bald tyres, two vehicles were overweight and six infringements of the Hazmat regulations were found, around the labelling of vehicles and safety equipment.

Sergeant Gary Hatton, of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “We take the carriage of dangerous goods through the county seriously and carry out this type of enforcement regularly to ensure these products are being carried safely.

“The results show that there is still work to be done to ensure this is being carried out consistently and so we will continue with these operations in the future.”

The operation was carried out in conjunction with agencies including the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Emergency Planning Unit.