Essex Police in HGV Crackdown With VOSA

The Essex Police have been working closley with VOSA to crackdown on unsafe and unroadworthey HGVs in the Essex area.

The crackdown which was a part of "Operation Mermaid" a long term, road safety project running throughout Europe focussed on vehicle maintinance, driver documentation and drivers hours offences.

During the operation a total of seven vehicles were immobalised due to poor maintenance standards and five drivers were stopped from driving due to drivers hours offences. In total, 16% of vehicles were issued with prohibitions of some kind and fixed penalties of more than 1,000 were collected from drivers.

The above operation was at a services in Thurrock on 15/01/2010.

We will try to post any news updates on Operation Mermaid as we receive them.

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