31 March 2010
A driver was arrested for driving without licence or insurance during a St Helier road check of 1,675 vehicles on 26 March 2010 when police discovered the driver was wanted for other offences.
Officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), the States of Jersey Police roads policing unit, and the Honorary Police of St Helier joined forces to conduct a road check on La Grande Route de St Jean. During the check, 8 vehicles were impounded and 22 drivers were issued with defect rectification notices. 4 drivers are also to be prosecuted and a further 2 were asked to produce their driving documents at police headquarters.
2 drivers, whose vehicles were impounded at the check with defective tyres, are being prosecuted, while 2 other drivers had their vehicles impounded for damaged bodywork and oil leaks.
4 additional vehicles were impounded to workshops for repairs to numerous defects including: damaged bodywork, oil leaks, worn steering and tyre replacement.
A driver is being prosecuted for failure to display a valid windscreen insurance disc, and the driver of a foreign registered vehicle was told to register their car in Jersey.
A total of 22 drivers were issued with defect notices requiring them to present their vehicles at DVS once these had been rectified. Defects included damaged bodywork, oil leaks, and broken lights.
Inspector of Motor Traffic, Alan Muir, said "With 8 vehicles impounded and 4 drivers being prosecuted, this proved to be a very busy road check for both the police and DVS examiners. A whole variety of defects and offences were found and while it’s always disappointing to find vehicles so unroadworthy that they are impounded, I think it shows the authorities are working hard to try to improve the condition of vehicles on the road for the benefit of all road users."