Scilly tests lead to prohibitions
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• Only two out of the six trucks tested by police and vehicle examiners when they travelled to the remote Isles of Scilly were found to be completely roadworthy.
Testers visited the tiny islands off the Cornish coast to test 10% of the island's 600 vehicles because it is considered too small for a te.sting centre of its own. Two of the trucks summoned for the planned examinations received immediate prohibitions and two received defect notices.
Van drivers fared no better: of the 12 tested, five received immediate prohibitions and four got defect notices. Of the five coaches checked, just two received minor defect notices. All the island's large vehicles were examined.
A spokesman for the police says vehicle standards on the islands have risen sharply since the checks were started three years ago. 'The truck and PSV operators get three weeks' notice of the check which we then carry out at a pit in the local council's depot," he says.