Bath & North East Somerset Council’s road safety team is partnering with Avon & Somerset Police and the DVSA to improve the safety of commercial vehicles in the region.
Spot checks by the police and DVSA vehicle examiners are taking place on the roadside in Bath, in a bid to improve road safety and crack down on ‘unscrupulous drivers’ and vehicles that are not in a fit condition to be on the road.
PC Chris Dooley, commercial vehicle specialist at Avon & Somerset Police, said: “We’re committed to identifying and dealing with unscrupulous drivers using defective vehicles who needlessly put the lives of other road users at risk.
“Our aim is to make sure the public are kept safe and feel safe while using the roads across our force area.
Cllr Mark Shelford, Bath and North East Somerset Council cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We acknowledge commercial vehicles are an essential part of the local economy, but the council wants to do what it can to make sure that those vehicles are safe.
“We welcome the commitment of the police and DVSA to target unlawful activities and are pleased to support their operation.”
Peter Bull, local enforcement manager for the DVSA, said: “There’s no excuse for driving while tired, with mechanical defects or with an overweight or unstable load. Those on our roads who break the rules are putting themselves and others at risk.
“Working alongside our colleagues in the police and local authorities, we’ll crack down on rogue drivers and operators.”