Vehicle check success

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TRAFFIC cops had a 50 per cent success rate during an operation set up to catch rogue motorists.

Operation Mermaid saw officers from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit and partners from other agencies stop 24 vehicles between 4pm and 9pm on Wednesday, April 4, at a check-point on the A19/A181 junction at Wellfield.

Partner agencies included the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA), the Environment Agency, UK Border Agency and Durham Trading Standards

Of the 24 vehicles stopped, 12 offences were detected.

During the operation, three prohibitions were given for vehicles being excessively overweight, three prohibitions were given for various construction and use offences, including defective tyres.

One car was seized as the driver was driving other than in accordance with his licence, three offences for drivers’ hours were detected and two drivers were given verbal warnings for their vehicles being overweight.

Sergeant Gary Hatton said: “On this particular occasion we found that 50 per cent of the drivers we pulled over had defects on their vehicles or had committed offences in relation to their vehicles in some way.

“These types of results show us that we need to continue with these operations in order to keep the roads in Cleveland and Durham as safe as possible.”