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Operation Mermaid - targeting driving offences in Warwickshire

Officers from Warwickshire Police's Operational Performance Unit have carried out a day of action to identify dangerous small and large goods vehicles using the M6.

Officers from Warwickshire Police's Operational Patrol Unit have carried out a day of action to identify dangerous small and large goods vehicles using the M6.

Neighbourhood officers, DVSA vehicle examiners and Customs and Excise Road Fuel testers were also involved in the activity, called Operation Mermaid.

During the operation, which took place last week, a total of 42 vehicles were checked and the following offences were identified:

16 category one prohibitions (vehicles prevented from driving any further)

Three delayed prohibitions (faults which needed attention but were not too dangerous to release)

One vehicle did not have a valid MOT certificate

Seven tyre offences such as bulges in the sidewall, a tyre tread of below 1.6mm or tyres worn to such an extent that the chord was exposed

Two vehicles were found to be over the prescribed weight

Two vehicles were identified as having faults that were not deemed as dangerous but needed fixing

Two vehicles were travelling without insurance

Two red diesel offences (red diesel is designed for agricultural vehicles that don't travel on the roads and has a lower rate of tax than normal diesel)

Roads Policing Sergeant Jem Mountford said: "The results demonstrate that a proportion of vehicles using the roads in Warwickshire are being driven with serious faults.

"We are committed to road safety and will continue to run operations designed to identify defective vehicles.

"This operation and others like it are in addition to Warwickshire's focus on the 'Fatal Four' and highlight our determination to reduce those killed or serious injured on our roads."

Issued at: 2:30pm, Tuesday 10 July, by LK, Corporate Communications

Published 10/07/18