Officers target rogue drivers on A55


Geraint Jones

POLICE have mounted a crack down on road-related crime on Anglesey.

Operation Mermaid and Operation Tornado on the A55 targeted people driving with no valid driving licence or insurance, vehicle overloading, committing driver hours offences, health and safety infractions, using red diesel, defective tyres and drugs.

More than 50 heavy goods vehicles, as well as smaller goods vehicles and vans were pulled into the VOSA weighbridge to be checked by officers.

Sargeant Alun Davies of North Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit led on the day’s activities.

He said: “The number of offences detected during the operation shows how vital initiatives such as this are, as a number of companies and drivers continue to disregard the law.

Officers from the Commercial Vehicle Unit, as well as patrol officers, VOSA, Scottish Power, BT and the UK Border Agency checked goods vehicles, for road safety issues and stolen metal.

Some offences were dealt with by fines at the roadside and others will be summoned to court.

The vehicles which contained red diesel were seized and the drivers will now be reported to the HMRC.

Four wagon drivers received delayed prohibitions and seven received immediate prohibitions.

Sgt Davies said: “The majority of these offences were completely avoidable and it’s shocking to think how many drivers have a complete disregard to, not only their own safety but the safety of other road users.”

A Bryngwran, aged 24, was also arrested for drug offences after officers discovered a quantity of what was believed to be Class B drugs.

His vehicle was also seized for being in a dangerous condition. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Sgt Davies added: “This operation demonstrates that North Wales Police are committed to disrupt, deter and detect these type of offences.

“We will continue to work alongside our partner agencies to ensure that our roads are kept safe.”

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