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A multi-agency Road Safety Operation involving the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Road Policing Units from Tayside Police Eastern Division, Forfar and Grampian Police, Aberdeen, was conducted on the A90 Trunk Road, Brechin and at the Stracathro Services last week.

Over 60 goods vehicles including heavy goods vehicles and vans were stopped on the A90 and given a roadside mechanical examination. All of the drivers were also spoken to in relation to driver hour’s regulations.

Fourteen vehicles were found to be of particular interest including seven heavy goods vehicles were prohibited from being driven due to severe mechanical defects including one having a defective braking system.

Two vans towing trailers were prohibited from being driven due to being overloaded.

Four drivers of heavy goods vehicles were reported for failing to comply with driving time regulations.

One foreign driver was directed by VOSA officers to take his vehicle to the nearest port and return to his country of registration under European Union Cabotage Regulations.

Inspector Grant Edward, Head of Eastern Division Roads Policing Unit said:

“This was an excellent joint working Road Safety Initiative which involved the pooling of our roads policing resources and utilising the expert knowledge and competence of our colleagues from VOSA.

“We particularly focused on commercial vehicles and out of all the vehicles examined fourteen were found to be of extreme interest, and in all of these road traffic offences were detected.

“VOSA committed a team of six Traffic and Vehicle Examiners to the Operation and this allowed us to screen a very high number of goods vehicle which were using the A90 Trunk Route.

“This Operation was highly successful and this type of joint working activity will be continued on a regular basis.”