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Warning to rogue lorry drivers

PUBLISHED: 16:51 18 May 2010 | UPDATED: 22:04 07 July 2010

Ian Clarke

Commercial vehicle drivers who break the law were yesterday given a “we'll catch you” message.

Police roads policing officers and the Norwich-based Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) carried out an operation in Thetford to check drivers' hours and vehicle weights.

Commercial vehicle drivers who break the law were yesterday given a “we'll catch you” message.

Police roads policing officers and the Norwich-based Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) carried out an operation in Thetford to check drivers' hours and vehicle weights.

More than 10 vehicles checked were found to be in good condition and operating satisfactorily, but a number of offences were detected.

One vehicle was seized for having no insurance or MOT and a further vehicle was found to be overweight with the driver receiving a £120 on the spot fine.

Other drivers were dealt with for seatbelt and mobile phone offences and one was warned regarding his drivers hours.

During the enforcement period, two officers also received training from VOSA and were formally authorised to weigh vehicles.

Sgt Simon Atherton, of the roads policing team, said: “We recognise that many commercial vehicle drivers and operators continue to flout the law surrounding driver's hours and vehicle weights. However, we are always striving to reduce the number of collisions involving death or serious injury and such breaches of the law have a direct effect on that. With our partners we will continue to robustly target drivers and operators who allow commercial vehicles to be driven illegally on Norfolk's roads.”


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