Overloaded HGV drivers slapped with £1,000 fines on the M4
A THOUSAND pounds’ worth of fines were dished out by police as HGV drivers were targeted on the M4 in Wiltshire. Five ‘dangerously overloaded’ vehicles were stopped by Wiltshire Police at Junction 18 on Friday.T They were prohibited from moving until the excess weight was removed and vehicle was made safe .
One of the vehicles seized for having no insurance, no tachograph fitted and being overloaded. Another vehicle was taken off the road as the 10-tonne trailer it was towing had no brakes and posed a serious risk to road users. The roads policing unit also conducted speed checks in Hook and Royal Wootton Bassett after hearing neighbours’ concerns during lockdown.
Vehicles known to officers were targeted for a range of reasons, including having no insurance. Two were seized for having no insurance, one driver was issued a traffic offence report for using a mobile phone while driving and two drivers were given traffic offence reports for speeding. On the same day the unit also responded to a pedestrian on the M4, multiple minor injury collisions on the A419 and A346 due to the poor road conditions and were involved in a pursuit of an illegal off-road motor cycle.
Enquiries are ongoing in a bid to locate the rider. Sgt Will Ayres said: “Friday was a highly demanding day for the team. “The winter months are usually more challenging for us anyway given the weather conditions and it is important that all road users take more care during this time and also ensure their vehicles are roadworthy.
“We saw many road users posing a serious risk to others on Friday from driving vehicles unfit to be on the road to speeding and driving whilst on a mobile phone, two of the fatal four factors that lead to a collision resulting in a fatality or serious injury.
“We will continue to proactively police the roads of Wiltshire to make them safer and remind people that they should only be leaving home for essential journeys during this national lockdown.”