This is why dozens of HGVs have been stopped by police on the A19 recently

Dozens of heavy goods vehicles have been stopped by police as part of a joint operation aimed at protecting all motorists by checking lorries carrying dangerous goods.

Monday, 29th June 2020, 4:53 pm
Updated Monday, 29th June 2020, 4:54 pm
Police motorbikes and HGVs during the recent operation to check that vehicles were transporting dangerous goods safely and legally.

Cleveland Police’s road policing unit and their counterparts at North Yorkshire Police have inspected around 40 vehicles across two days on both sides of the forces’ shared border.

Seal Sands, on the edge of Hartlepool, was one of the locations amid concerns about a range of issues encompassing correct documentation, appropriate vehicle markings and tachograph readings.

The aim was to protect both the lorries’ drivers and other road users travelling to and from the busy industrial area.

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Around 20 HGVs were first of all stopped at Seal Sands on Thursday, June 25, with several minor problems identified such as lorries not being labelled correctly.

Police say advice notices were sent to two companies “where the offences that were identified required the company concerned to take action to remedy the breach”.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said similar operations would be carried out in the future “to help keep people travelling on our roads as safe as possible”.

They added: “It is important that we work together with neighbouring forces to ensure drivers have the correct documents in place to drive their vehicles whilst carrying hazardous goods.

“This is to ensure the safety of the drivers and other motorists and officers will continue to carry out operations like this to help keep people travelling on our roads as safe as possible.”

A similar operation took place the following day on Friday, June 26, further south on the A19 at Exelby Services, near Northallerton.

Sixteen vehicles were stopped with road policing officers issuing three prohibition notices.

Two were for transport document offences and one was for carrying dangerous goods without displaying appropriate vehicle markings.

Another five vehicles were found to be in breach of regulations for a range of minor non-compliance issues.

This resulted in the companies being contacted by the forces and being served with advice notices.

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