Last week, our officers, supported by Driver & Vehicles Standards Agency and Highways England took part in a national week of action across South Yorkshire to highlight the risks of carrying dangerous goods and the importance of load security among drivers.
The week-long campaign that started on Monday 22 July and aimed to highlight the risks to both drivers and other road users if goods are not transported properly.
PC Stephen Jackson from our Operational Support Unit explains the importance of the week: “Officers have worked tirelessly stopping and checking vehicles to ensure the safety of road users across South Yorkshire.
“We understand that drivers want to progress on their routes to make their deliveries and stopping to speak to us is time consuming, but this week of action is as much about engagement as it is enforcement. We want and urge drivers to understand the risks and make decisions accordingly as this could ultimately save lives.
“It’s very important that dangerous goods are packaged properly, loaded and secured to stop them moving around inside the vehicle. If loads are not properly secured they can fall from a vehicle onto the road causing collisions, they can also cause the vehicle to be unstable and tip over.
“Keeping everyone safe on the roads is of the utmost importance and I’d urge goods vehicles drivers to heed the national advice shared last week.”
96 vehicles were stopped during the week, with 31 offences being recorded. The offences included vehicles being overloaded, with the highest being 49% over the legal weight limit, illegal and unsafe tyre treads and drivers with no insurance or a valid licence.
Penalties were given to drivers for tachograph offences- drivers of certain vehicles are required by law to have a tachograph fitted, this records information about driving time, speed and distance to ensure that drivers and employers follow the rules on driver’s hours. These regulations are enforced to ensure everyone’s safety and reduce the risk of drivers falling asleep behind the wheel or feeling fatigued.
One driver was also found to be wanted by police for failing to appear at court, he was arrested and taken to Barnsley custody suite.
For more information about driving regulations please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/load-securing-vehicle-operator-guidance/load-securing-vehicle-operator-guidance
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