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Tractor scrapped at St Martin Road Check

29 August 2008

At a mid-morning St Martin road check, an agricultural tractor was found to be so badly corroded it is to be scrapped.  One un-registered vehicle was stopped and six further vehicles were found to be defective.  

Only 225 vehicles passed through a road check that took place near St Martin’s Public Hall, between 9.30 and 11am on Tuesday 26 August.  Officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards, (DVS) and the Honorary Police of St Martin joined forces to conduct a road check opposite the school. 

The owner of an un-registered vehicle was warned that he needed to complete the registration process for the vehicle within the next seven days. One van which had no brake lights was impounded to a nearby workshop for immediate repairs. A further three small commercial vehicles were issued with defect notices to have repairs carried out to lights, corroded bodywork, damaged suspension, leaks and a number plate.  One large commercial vehicle had a defective tyre and was not displaying the correct vehicle detail plate.  The driver of a four wheel drive vehicle, which had a tow bar fitted to the front of the vehicle, was advised this was an illegal frontal projection and told to have it removed.  The driver of one of the small commercial vehicles was driving on a foreign licence.  As he was now resident in Jersey, he was told to obtain a Jersey licence.  

Inspector of Motor Traffic, Alan Muir, commented:  “This was a quiet check in terms of numbers of vehicles passing through the check but it was quite productive.  We found several commercial vehicles with faulty brake lights and other obvious defects such as broken mirrors and cut tyres.  Drivers of commercial vehicles should be carrying out daily checks on their vehicles and reporting defects to their manager for repair.”

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