16 October 2014
Eight vehicles were taken off the road in September because of rusty bodywork.
2,492 vehicles passed through three road checks in St Lawrence, St Mary and Grouville.
48 vehicles were checked. In addition to the eight impounded vehicles, 18 drivers were issued with defect notices and a further ten drivers were asked to attend parish hall enquiries for failing to display a valid insurance disc. 13 vehicles had lighting defects. Other problems included oil leaks, broken mirrors, noisy exhausts, defective bodywork and worn tyres.
The road checks were a combined operation between officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards, the States of Jersey Police Roads Policing Unit, Customs and Immigration, and the honorary police.
The Inspector of Motor Traffic, Gordon Forrest, said "I am seriously concerned that some drivers are prepared to put themselves and other road users at risk by driving vehicles in such poor condition.
“I hope drivers will take this as a warning and thoroughly check over their vehicles to ensure that they are roadworthy. We will be conducting more of these checks with our colleagues from the other services in the near future and I hope we will not be seeing vehicles in such poor condition.”