Over talks overloads
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• Overloaded commercial vehicles will not automatically be dealt with by the new fixed penalty scheme, which conies into effect on October 1.
According to John Over, Chief Constable for Gwent and secretary of the Association of Chief Police Officers traffic committee, fixed penalties will be just one of the options open to the police.
There have been fears that the police may choose to operate a sliding scale for fixed penalty offences with a break point for more serious cases, but Over says that a cut-off or sliding scale will not be suitable for overloading offences. ''People should not overload vehicles or get themselves in that situation."
Overloading offences will be a matter for each individual officer to decide whether to treat with a fixed penalty or a court SUMMOTIS.