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3 vehicles impounded on Victoria Avenue

07 October 2010

Three vehicles were impounded and 8 drivers were issued with defect notices during a St Lawrence road check this morning (7 October 2010).

1106 vehicles passed through the road check between 9.30am and 11.15am which was carried out by officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards, (DVS), the States of Jersey Police and the St Lawrence Honorary Police on Victoria Avenue.

A large commercial vehicle with defective steering and suspension, oil and fuel leaks and loose wheel nuts was impounded at the check and taken to DVS for further examination. A small van with an insecure bonnet was also impounded to the owner’s premises for repair.

The driver of a small commercial vehicle was asked to change a tyre before being allowed to leave the road check site.

2 motorcyclists were found not to be displaying insurance discs on their bikes. Both riders had their insurance discs with them and were able to satisfy the police that insurance was in place but both were warned that it is a requirement to display the disc.

In total, 13 drivers were issued with defect notices asking them to present their vehicles at DVS once oil leaks, steering and bodywork defects had been repaired and tyres replaced.

Inspector of Motor Traffic, Alan Muir, said “It’s disappointing to find that some commercial vehicle operators are neglecting basic maintenance and failing to conduct daily inspection checks. Many of the faults could have been identified, if vehicle operators introduced and abided by a daily vehicle walk round and reporting procedure before using a vehicle on a road. By not identifying minor problems at an early stage, minor defects can become major ones and, in turn, can lead to more serious consequences for the driver, operator and road users."

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