and illegal coaches targeted by police in Burnham-On-Sea area
and unsafe coaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been targeted
by police during a safety drive.
Tourist' is a national police operation designed to ensure coaches
are legal and roadworthy for the safety of their passengers as
well as other road users.
vehicles have been taken off the road during the stop-checks across
Somerset, including at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 motorway near
70 coaches and minibuses were checked during July and the first
week of August, with issues found on 30 vehicles.
majority of the offences identified were minor but officers have
taken four vehicles off the road and issued £980 worth of
fixed penalty notices.
coach had two tyres that were dangerously worn and these had to
be replaced before the coach could resume its journey.
have also been issued to drivers for infringements which included
failure to keep accurate records of driving hours and driving
for longer than the permitted 10 hour maximum in any one day.
and advice has been provided to drivers to help ensure they comply
with regulations and safety standards in the future.
vehicle enforcement officer PC Chris Dooley, who coordinated the
operation, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We regularly stop coaches
as part of wider traffic stop-checks but this is the first time
we have run a dedicated coach stop-check operation on such a large
scale for several years."
has been a successful operation and we may run it again next year.
I am glad to say that most of the issues identified were minor
but we also took a number of vehicles off the road that did not
meet required standards or where drivers were in breach of the
regulations around maximum driving hours."
companies are responsible not only for the safety of their drivers
but also the safety of their passengers so the regulations are
understandably strict and these operations are part of the work
that we and our partners carry out to help ensure these standards
are met and to help keep our roads safe for all road users."
checks have been carried out in partnership with the Vehicle and
Operator Services Agency and HM Revenue and Customs.