Two arrested at vehicle spotcheck operation

TWO people were arrested and nearly 40 vans and lorries stopped and checked after an operation in a Suffolk town to examine the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles.

During the initiative in Lowestoft, a person was arrested for assault and another for drink-driving, three people reported for summons and 14 fixed penalty notices were issued.

One vehicle was seized as the driver had no licence and no insurance and 11 immediate prohibitions were issued for 18 defects and offences.

Eleven further delayed prohibitions were given for 19 offences and 55 advisory notices were given for further defects.

Only eight of the 39 vehicles stopped were clear of any defects.


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The operation, which took place on May 26, was run by Suffolk police with VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), the Environment Agency and HM Revenue and Customs.

Officers from Police Headquarters, Bury St Edmunds and Halesworth Roads Policing Units were involved along with partner agencies who carried out a variety of checks on the vehicles including fuel testing.

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