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11 April 2015, 06:34 | Updated: 11 April 2015, 06:37
Police have stopped 27 vehicles during safety checks in Milton Keynes.
The check took place between 8am and 3pm yesterday (8/4) at junction 14 weighbridge off the M1.
Officers from Milton Keynes Roads Policing Department, part of Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Unit, stopped 27 vehicles.
Fourteen vehicles were found to be overweight and were immediately prohibited from continuing their journeys until within the weight limit. The drivers were given Fixed Penalty Notices for excess weight, which ranged from £120 to £300 depending on how overweight the vehicles were.
These included one vehicle that was found to weigh 5,760kg – 2,260kg over its maximum weight limit of 3,500kg. The driver was reported for exceeding the plated weight of the vehicle and using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Another driver was found to be driving with a revoked licence and no insurance. The driver was reported for the offence and the vehicle was seized.
A further driver was found carrying food supplies in an unchilled vehicle. Milton Keynes Environmental Health was informed of the incident and attended to deal with the driver.
Five other drivers were given warnings by officers due to being less than five per cent over their stated weight.
PC Russell Irwin, from Milton Keynes Roads Policing, said: “I would like to highlight the huge risk drivers take when using vehicles that do not conform to the designated vehicle weights.
“Not only does driving an overweight vehicle affect the handling and braking capability of a vehicle, it significantly increases the risk of the driver being involved in any type of traffic collision and also puts other road users at risk.
“Drivers are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure the vehicle they are using is road worthy before commencing any journey.
“This check was conducted to ensure that we keep our region’s roads as safe as possible.”