Vehicle Checks Carried Out In Gwynedd
A joint operation between North Wales Police and Gwynedd Council’s Licensing Team recently carried out checks on taxis and light goods vehicles in the Caernarfon and Bangor areas.
Officers from the Roads Policing Unit which included the Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and Local Policing stopped vehicles at checkpoints in both areas on Friday, 25th January. Routine compliance checks were given on the vehicle’s condition/roadworthiness with officers from Gwynedd Council checking licensing documentation.
Several vehicles were checked during the day including a taxi which was found to have a defective tyre. The driver was issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) which will result in a fine and penalty points on his licence. A van which was carrying scaffolding poles which were found to be protruding dangerously was directed to a nearby weighbridge in Caernarfon and was also found to be overloaded. The driver was issued with TORs for carrying a dangerous load, being overloaded and an expired driving licence.
Two drivers were also given tickets for using a mobile phone behind the wheel – which carries a £200 fine and six points.
PC Arwel Jones said, “Our joint operation did identify some issues, and I would urge all drivers to check their vehicles regularly to ensure they are in good order.
“The aim was to ensure compliance of licenced vehicles, operators and drivers working within the Gwynedd area. It was well received by the majority of drivers that we spoke to, who appreciated seeing Police and Council officers carrying out important checks that can only reassure the public about safety. Similar operations will continue in the near future to ensure that standards are being maintained.”
Gwenan Mai Roberts of Gwynedd Council said: “All licensed vehicles must be safe, well maintained and comply with licensing conditions and all licensed drivers are responsible for checking their cars before they set out to transport any member of the public. We carry out these checks to ensure the health and safety of the travelling public in the Gwynedd area, please heed the warning.”