Kent Police stop 50 heavy goods vehicles approaching Dartford Crossing

This Is Local London: Kent Police has been checking dozens of lorries approaching the Dartford Crossing. Kent Police has been checking dozens of lorries approaching the Dartford Crossing.

Nearly 50 heavy goods vehicles were stopped in two days by Kent Police as they approached the Dartford Crossing.

Traffic officers conducted routine random stop-checks on large vehicles in the abnormal load bay off the northbound A282 on April 9 and 10.

Of the 49 vehicles stopped, both UK and foreign-registered, 29 drivers were found to have committed an offence.

Eight were instantly prevented from continuing their journeys because their vehicles were not roadworthy due to defects such as inadequate tyres and lights, or for carrying excess weight.

Tachograph equipment in some vehicles showed there had been 15 contraventions of drivers’ rest hours legislation and three vehicles were found to be carrying insecure loads.

Ten offences were recorded where a driver carrying dangerous goods did not have the appropriate paperwork, safety equipment or personal protective equipment.

PC Mark Nott from Kent Police’s commercial vehicle unit said: “Words of advice and driver and vehicle details were taken for some of the more minor offences.

“But we issued 10 graduated penalty notices which will result in a fine or a driver awareness course.

“Another driver was reported for an offence of not wearing a seatbelt.

“An insecure load spilling onto the carriageway, or an insufficiently rested driver causing a road traffic collision, could endanger the lives of other motorists or, at the very least, cause serious disruption to the road network.”

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2:24pm Fri 18 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

This is a third world country now, what's the problem? Oh yeah, money to be made someone, who get s the bung? The authorites would stop food entering there mouths if the government created a policy.
This is a third world country now, what's the problem? Oh yeah, money to be made someone, who get s the bung? The authorites would stop food entering there mouths if the government created a policy. white rabbit9
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3:12pm Sat 19 Apr 14

nearly right all the time says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
This is a third world country now, what's the problem? Oh yeah, money to be made someone, who get s the bung? The authorites would stop food entering there mouths if the government created a policy.
Are these the Lizard people ?


Charles Dodson, was he a Lizard?

Are Lizards found in rabbit holes on the Great Orme?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: This is a third world country now, what's the problem? Oh yeah, money to be made someone, who get s the bung? The authorites would stop food entering there mouths if the government created a policy.[/p][/quote]Are these the Lizard people ? Charles Dodson, was he a Lizard? Are Lizards found in rabbit holes on the Great Orme? nearly right all the time
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4:53pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ElsieH says...

These vehicles are deadly weapons on the road. Over 50% were illegal, that's disgusting. But why did they stop only 50 vehicles in 2 days, when thousands travel through there.
These vehicles are deadly weapons on the road. Over 50% were illegal, that's disgusting. But why did they stop only 50 vehicles in 2 days, when thousands travel through there. ElsieH
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6:39am Mon 21 Apr 14

molsey says...

Police time should be spent far more on this type of thing instead of persecuting the average motorist for very minor things.
Police time should be spent far more on this type of thing instead of persecuting the average motorist for very minor things. molsey
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