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Vehicles impounded in road checks

07 October 2011

4 vehicles have been impounded and 2 drivers are due to be prosecuted after road checks were carried out in St Lawrence and Trinity last month.

1,876 vehicles were stopped in the road checks on Victoria Avenue and outside Trinity Parish Hall between 7.30 am and 9 am on Wednesday 21 and Tuesday 27 September 2011. The road checks were conducted by officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), Jersey Customs and Immigration, the States of Jersey Police roads policing unit and the Honorary Police of St Lawrence and Trinity.

During these checks:

  • 2 commercial vehicles and 2 cars were impounded due to worn tyres 
  • 1 commercial vehicle is likely to be scrapped and its driver will be prosecuted
  • 1 driver who had an expired driving licence and no insurance had his vehicle impounded and will be prosecuted

In total 42 drivers were issued with defect notices requiring them to present their vehicles at DVS with the defects rectified. Defects included:

  • broken door mirrors
  • worn wiper blades
  • incorrect or unreadable registration plates
  • inoperative lights
  • oil leaks
  • excessively tinted front windows
  • incorrect registration details

Displaying out of date windscreen insurance discs was a particular issue in the Trinity check. 8 drivers have to attend Trinity Parish Hall and a further 3 have to visit St Lawrence Parish Hall, with their documents. Officers from Customs and Immigration sampled fuel from 36 vehicles, and were pleased to record that all were running lawfully, however it was identified that 8 foreign registered vehicles were being driven illegally by Jersey residents.

Reminder to motorists

Inspector of Motor Traffic Alan Muir said “These checks were good examples of multiple agencies working together in an effort to keep the roads of Jersey safe. Although disappointing to discover a driver without a valid licence and several other Jersey licence holders driving foreign registered vehicles, it was pleasing to see that the vast majority of vehicles were in good condition and those defects that needed fixing were mostly of a relatively minor nature.  In view of the number of lights not working and worn wiper blades it may be a timely reminder for motorists to get their vehicles checked over before the darker evenings and wetter weather sets in.”

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