10 prohibitions in Essex blitz
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III Essex police last week served immediate prohibitions on 10 operators and found dozens of offences during a multi-agency check of 110 lorries on the M25.
During the six and a half hour check on the Junction 31 roundabout, overweight vehicles scored the highest number of prohibitions. Five of the 78 weighed vehicles were given immediate prohibitions out of the 37 found overloaded.
Up to three other immediate prohibitions were given because of excess driving hours. One French driver had failed to take his weekly rest for 10 days. Vehicle Inspectorate vehicle examiners ordered two other immediate prohibitions on vehicles for mechanical defects.
Staff from the police stolen vehicles squad discovered a stolen vehicle. The driver is now helping police with enquiries.
Customs and Excise is also investigating the activities of a firm whose dozens of offences found in M25 crackdown.
Multi-agency check: 10 prohibitions given and two vehicles stopped at the check were running on an illegal mix of low-duty kerosene and diesel.