22 April 2013
A vehicle was taken off the road for being in a dangerous condition and five others were found to have badly corroded bodywork following a St Peter road check on Thursday 18 April 2013.
Officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), St Peter Honorary Police and Customs and Immigration joined forces to conduct a road check on L’Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II.
During the check, 14 drivers were issued with defect notices requiring minor repairs to their vehicles. A driver was also stopped due to a broken exhaust system which had collapsed and was dragging along the road.
Another 13 drivers were issued notices for minor defects including broken mirrors, defective lights, cracked windscreens and broken number plates. They will have to take their vehicles to DVS once the faults have been fixed.
Senior Motor Traffic Officer, Chris Le Maistre, commented “Although most of the vehicles passing through the check were in good condition, I was concerned that six vehicles were found to have corroded bodywork. Corrosion, left to its own devices, can have a severe affect on the strength of a vehicle’s structure, leading to little or no protection in the event of a collision.
"Drivers should be conducting routine checks to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy. We were also able to advise some relatively new drivers to the Island of the procedure for exchanging their home country licences for Jersey licences."