Warwickshire Police urge motorists to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire Police urge motorists to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy

Leamington Editorial 22nd Jan, 2023   0

WARWICKSHIRE Police is urging motorists to ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition after a record number of PG9 prohibitions were issued last year.

PG9 prohibitions can be issued by officers or the DVSA to prevent a vehicle moving until an issue is fixed. This could be a mechanical problem or the condition of a vehicle’s bodywork and equipment.

There were 158 PG9 prohibitions issued in 2022.

PC Rob Spencer said: “During 2022 officers identified a wide variety of dangerous defects on vehicles, from excessive corrosion to components hanging off, fuel leaks, damaged and dangerous tyres, insecure loads and numerous other defects requiring immediate prohibitions. The DVSA categorise these as immediate defects due to them being deemed too dangerous to be used on the roads. A particular theme has been cord exposed in tyres.

“The volume of defects found demonstrates how important it is that our officers continue to check vehicles in particular those using our high speed routes. The sheer volume of vehicles being driven around in a dangerous condition is very concerning. This is unacceptable and we will continue to conduct regular operations to check vehicles are safe and legal.”

Supt Warren Little added: “Our commitment to making roads safer has been reflected in the significant investment made in the training and development of skills of Warwickshire’s roads policing officers. It is satisfying to see these record results having a direct impact on road safety, and we will continue to ramp up our activity to identify and remove defective and dangerous commercial vehicles from our roads in 2023. Every one of these interventions makes Warwickshire’s roads safer for those who live in or travel through the county.”

Following a PG9, the vehicle owner or operator could be fined, prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.

More info on roadside prohibitions can be found at www.gov.uk


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