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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Operation Cedar

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Highland and Islands Road Policing officers carried out patrols with colleagues from the DVSA as part of a joint day of action.

Light and heavy goods vehicles, trailers and motor cars were stopped and checked as part of Operation Cedar (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce), a road safety campaign which aims to reduce road casualties across the North of Scotland.

A total of 5 prohibitions were placed on vehicles following the discovery of serious defects.

Advice was also given in relation to drivers’ hours infringements, load security and other minor defects.

Fixed penalty notices were issued for expired test certificates and failing to obey traffic signals.

Road Policing Constable Jonathan Stowe said:

“Working alongside the DVSA provides us with a good opportunity to engage with users of goods vehicles and carry out more robust examinations to ensure that the vehicles, and their drivers, are in a roadworthy condition.

“Whilst it is unfortunate to see some fell short of the required standard, the action taken ensures the defects will be rectified before they are permitted to back on the road.

“These patrols highlight our road safety commitment across the Highland and Islands area and will continue to be carried out.

“I would highlight that both divers and employers should be aware of their responsibilities around safe driving, load security and vehicle checks.

“Driving an un-roadworthy vehicle can have serious consequences so don’t put yourself and others at risk by taking the chance.”

Anyone with concerns relating to road traffic matters can contact Police on 101 or by using the Contact Us facility, on the Police Scotland website.

Anonymous reports can be made to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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